Having spent most of my life shuttling between the densest and fourth-densest counties in America, when I finished my tour in city government I thought it would be nice to try out a different lifestyle. So I moved to the East End of Long Island, down the road a piece from where Jackson Pollack did most of his pathbreaking work. My wife had already substantially made the move after her scary and exhausting battle with breast cancer.
Though I still love the city that gave me so much fun, friendship and opportunity, I also love my coastal, exurban environment. Until The Shutdown I continued to spend a lot of time in Manhattan and I can’t wait for this pandemic nightmare to end so I can once again stroll anonymously down Sixth Avenue and dive into a plate of ropa vieja, rice and beans. But as it turned out, my dispersal from the city presaged a Covid-induced flight from the city, and the summer season out here seemed to begin around April 1.
The long-term effects of the pandemic on urban-suburban-exurban residential patterns is a complicated question that I’d like to address carefully at some point, but in a nutshell I’m hopeful that they will generally be positive. In the meantime, the renewed interest in vacation-area real estate gave me a chance to opine, along with some other real estate experts, on one of my favorite topics in this WalletHub feature.