Moving companies have said they have been inundated with people looking to leave New York City.
New Yorkers have been relocating out of the city despite living through the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Many are moving cross country but others not looking forward to future journeys on subways or trips to Broadway and cinemas are settling in spacious towns and woodland to the north of the city.
Moving company Oz Moving said the number of people moving out of the city is continuing to rise at a rapid pace.
The firm told Fox Business that they have seen an average increase in quote requests of 30 percent year over year, and by July 15 their services were fully-booked for the rest of the month.
To accommodate movers who had already left the city, Oz Moving introduced a new ‘absentee move’ for residents not in their apartments.
According to data from moving company United Van Lines, there was a 95 percent year over year increase in interest in moving out of Manhattan between the months of May and July.
Florida and California were the main destinations people were relocating to, comprising 28 percent of relocations, Fox Business reported. They were followed by Texas and North Carolina, comprising 16 per cent of moves.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been appealing to the city’s wealthiest to return from their secondary residences in the Hamptons or Hudson Valley to their city homes, so they can pay taxes to help offset the state’s revenue shortfall.
Gov. Cuomo recently joked that he would buy his friends drinks and dinner to encourage them back to the city.
‘I literally talk to people all day long who are now in their Hamptons house who also lived here, or in their Hudson Valley house, or in their Connecticut weekend house, and I say, “You got to come back! We’ll go to dinner! I’ll buy you a drink! Come over, I’ll cook!”‘ the Democratic governor said Monday.
‘They’re not coming back right now. And you know what else they’re thinking? “If I stay there, I’ll pay a lower income tax,” because they don’t pay the New York City surcharge.’
Cuomo and other officials have warned that the state could face up to 20 per cent cuts to health, education and local governments’ annual budget in the fallout of the coronavirus crisis, if falling revenue streams are not supplemented.
The state of New York is currently looking at a $13 billion budget deficit.