‘New York is not dead, but it is on life support’

By Natalie Sherman
Business reporter, New York

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image copyrightAndrea Wilhelmimage captionAndrea Wilhelm left New York and is now road-tripping across the US in search of potential new hometowns

Andrea Wilhelm gave up her New York City apartment in August – and she's not sure whether she will ever return.

The 30-year-old software designer loved living in New York – attending Broadway shows, frequenting dog parks, and the serendipitous walks of daily life. For nearly five years, she willingly paid the city's premium rents and taxes, while commuting to work in another state.

But the pandemic wore her down.

"I was like, 'the city's going to come back. By July, it's going to be okay. But it just kept not being ok," she says.

"I wasn't planning on leaving at all," she adds. "It was a complete switch."

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