Housing Complex

New Yorkers Aren’t Clamoring to Move Here, Get Over It

Since the election, D.C.'s fallen madly in love with itself.

We're the best! People are packing their bags in Brooklyn and Manhattan, goes the thinking. The Holland Tunnel is loaded with cars sitting in traffic, just trying to make their way down here.

The perception started in early Fall with the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the bank bailout bill. Real estate agents couldn't wait to see the waves out-of-work bankers seeking new government finance jobs in D.C.

Then came Obama's win, and all of a sudden, people were talking up U Street...as if they hadn't been talking it up for years already! I mean even the New York Times proclaimed the street "cool again" in 2006. In my column last week, I wrote about a new, quickly selling out building in that very neighborhood. Developer Robb LaKritz talked to me all about the world-classy-hipness of Zaytinya and Indebleu, and how Washingtonians wanted modern, sleek, architecture to match the lifestyles they were already living. Can you imagine some New Yorkers responding to this: Man, what jokester! Don't call D.C. humorless at least!

Now New York magazine is putting the DC vs. NY thing to the test again. I'm surprised they would even deign to make the comparison, frankly. (Their survey polls 50 New Yorkers and 50 Washingtonians.)

The New Yorkers admit their city is losing its power and influence. But most still think their lives are improving. And they're still deeply attached to the lifestyle.

Would you ever move ... Washingtonians
Yes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
New Yorkers
Yes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

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  • Masktu

    That's funny, I am a New Yorker living in DC now and my family back home in NYC is suffering financially as well as in terms of quality of life. They are heavily considering moving to DC.

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