NEW YORK CITY. You either love it or you hate it. I recall many years ago as one after another neighbor starting leaving my old block when growing up in Wantagh, Long Island. They'd had it with the ever escalating prices and taxes and the winters were just too difficult. Most went South, to warmer weather and a few went out west to Arizona, ready to relax and retire comfortably.
Those have always been my thoughts as well. The winters her can get more difficult and I have much less of a tolerance to the cold. But the rest of the year on Long Island? Well, in a word it's fabulous. I've heard it twice in one week of people retiring back to Long Island and New York City and it doesn't surprise me a bit. I have the feeling if I left, I'd miss it more then I can imagine.
One person who was retiring in just a few years had moved from New York City to Orlando and had lived there for almost ten years. She is a client I just had the opportunity to meet during a Feng Shui consultation of her New York City apartment in Midtown, Manhattan. She had formerly lived in the City when warmer weather and lower prices beckoned. There wasn't a day she said that went by that she didn't miss the Energy of New York City. Her neighbors in Florida thought she was nuts to come back but both she and her husband were both thrilled to "be home." "There is NOTHING like New York City" she said to me-and I have to agree; I love it there myself.
While out with some friends the other night there was one I hadn't seen in many years, visiting from Georgia. It's been many years since she's left Long Island, her former home and she misses it. She loves her house and her property in Georgia but longs to come back. A comment another friend made to her hit a nerve in me: "Really, what nicer place is there to be than Long Island in the Spring, Summer and Fall"? she asked. I knew instantly she was right.
They are aware of the increase in price; my New York City clients gave up a four bedroom home for a studio in Tudor City in New York. Their friends in Orland think they have gone mad. They are currently renting and looking to see if they will be able to afford a one bedroom in an area they love. My friend would have to make financial sacrifices as well but she longs to come back to the Island for its beauty and the proximity to New York City.
Hearing this twice in one week made me stop to think about long ago and my mother's neighbors, how they missed their old homes and neighborhood. I realized that while many of us struggle financially to stay on Long Island or in Manhattan when we could live life a little easier somewhere else, we don't want to leave here. We love it. You can take a person out of New York but they will always be a New Yorker at heart.
This shot of the map of Long Island and New York City was taken at Penn Station.
*Carole Provenzale has been a Certified Feng Shui Consultant since 1997 and is the Founder of Feng Shui Long Island, providing Feng Shui Consultations for New York City apartments and all of Long Island on site and distance Feng Shui Consultations by phone for homes, offices, businesses, corporations, realtors, renovations, pre purchase and new construction. Carole is also a keynote speaker and published author. All Feng Shui Consulations are personalized and affordable.