Nearly half of New York City residents earning six figures or more have considered fleeing the Big Apple during the coronavirus crisis over cost of living concerns, according to a new poll.
Researchers with the Siena College Research Institute and Manhattan Institute surveyed 782 city dwellers making $100,000 or more about life in the age of COVID-19.
In results released Wednesday, the survey, conducted between July 13 and August 3, found that 44 percent have thought of leaving the city in the past four months, with 69 percent citing cost of reason as the main reason to move.
Quality of life in the city that never sleeps has taken a hit, too, during the pandemic. Just under 4 in 10 respondents said quality of life is now “excellent or good” — a plunge from 79 percent who felt that way pre-coronavirus.
And it could be because many feel like there’s no end in sight — nearly 7 in 10 polled believe it “will take longer than a year” for life to return to normal.
The study also gave insight as to how many top earners are working from home. A majority of respondents, or 53 percent, are now calling their abode their new office, while 21 percent aren’t working at all — though the poll notes they could be retired, furloughed, independently wealthy and receiving passive income.
And the bulk of them (65 percent) believe working from home is Gotham’s new normal, with 30 percent of respondents citing the new setup as a driving force behind wanting to get out of dodge.
Of the 50 people who make $100,000 or more and have already moved out of the city, a dozen said they packed their bags because because of the ability to work from home, the poll found.
The study warned that if more high-income earners flee, the city could find itself in a tax crunch — which Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have been trying to stave off.
“Residents who make $100,000 or more make up 80 percent of New York City’s income-tax revenue, making the city government vulnerable to tax-base erosion,” wrote the study’s author, Michael Hendrix, MI’s director of state and local policy.
Among political parties, there was a stark divide over whether the Big Apple is on the right track — 62 percent of Democrats believe it is, while 72 percent of Republicans think the city is headed down the wrong path.
Those surveyed comprised of 71 percent Democrats, 11 percent Republicans and 14 percent Independents. The poll has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
Hiker dies after plunge off Oregon’s Devil’s Cauldron Overlook
A 43-year-old Oregon man fell to his death at the state’s Devil’s Cauldron Overlook, plunging more than 100 feet off the edge of the precipice while posing for a photo, according to reports.
Steven Gastelum had climbed a tree at the edge of the cliff Sunday when a branch broke off and he plummeted off the cliff, the Oregonian reported.
Gastelum, of Seaside, Oregon, had hiked to the top of the overlook at Oswald West State Park before falling into the Pacific Ocean.
Police arrived at the scene around 2 p.m., using jet skis to pluck Gastelum out of the water and bring him to shore, where he was rushed to Tillamook hospital, according to KOIN-TV. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The cliff edge is marked with warning signs urging hikers to remain clear of the edge.
In July, a hiker at the Grand Canyon fell to her death while also taking a photograph.
Maria Salgado Lopez, 59, of Arizona, was snapping a pic at Mather Point in the canyon when she plunged off the edge.
Three people killed, 2 injured in most recent NYC shootings
Three people were killed and two more injured in four incidents across the city Monday and Tuesday, according to the NYPD.
Most recently, a 23-year-old man was blasted in the stomach during a party on East 116th Street near Lexington Avenue around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, cops said.
A gunman showed up at the party and opened fire, striking the victim, according to police. It’s unclear whether he was the intended target.
He was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals / Harlem with non-life-threatening injuries.
Five shell casings were recovered on scene, according to police sources.
Hours earlier, two men, ages 24 and 26, were found shot to the chest outside an apartment complex at 700 Herkimer St. in Bedford-Stuyvesant around 9:30 p.m. Monday, authorities said.
They were declared dead at Interfaith Medical Center.
One gun and four shell casings were found at the scene, police sources said.
No further details were known about the shooting.
Around 7:45 p.m., a 23-year-old man was struck in the stomach during a drive-by shooting on Taylor Avenue near Story Avenue, on the grounds of the James Monroe Houses in the Soundview section of the Bronx.
A man in a gray sedan opened fire before taking off, heading northbound on Taylor Avenue.
It’s unclear whether the victim was the intended target, according to cops.
Earlier Monday, Jaylen Flowers, 25, was gunned down in the rear courtyard of 270 Mother Gaston Blvd., on the grounds of Brownsville’s Howard Houses around 2:30 p.m., cops said.
He was discovered laying on the pavement with two gunshot wounds to the torso.
Flowers was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The motive for the shooting was unclear Tuesday morning.
In a 1010 WINS interview Tuesday morning, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said he “would like to have better news” about the continued shootings in the city.
“There is progress but we’re still running higher than we were last year,” the top cop said. “Thirty-one incidents [last week] versus far fewer last year — we have a lot of work still to go.”
“There absolutely is progress when you look at the rate that we were seeing in the summer,” he added.
“It naturally comes down this time of year. But we were seeing — between grand juries starting to get going, between some of the gun work and detective work and case closings that we’ve seen — still a lot of struggles, but positives. Slow and steady positives, and we have some more work to do.”
Armenia says warplane downed; Azerbaijan and Turkey deny it
YEREVAN, Armenia — Armenia said one of its warplanes was shot down Tuesday by a fighter jet from Azerbaijan’s ally Turkey, killing the pilot, in fighting over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. Both Turkey and Azerbaijan denied it.
The move would represent a major escalation in the decades-old conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the region that was reignited on Sunday. It followed numerous calls from around the globe for a cease-fire.
Armenian officials said an SU-25 from its air force was shot down in Armenian airspace by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet that took off from Azerbaijan and the pilot was killed.
The allegation of downing the jet was “absolutely untrue,” said Fahrettin Altun, communications director for Turkey’s president. Azerbaijani officials called it “another fantasy of the Armenian military propaganda machine.”
Earlier in the day, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said Armenian forces shelled the Dashkesan region in Azerbaijan. Armenian officials said Azerbaijani forces opened fire on a military unit in the Armenian town of Vardenis, setting a bus on fire and killing one civilian.
Armenia’s Foreign Ministry denied shelling the region and said the reports were laying the groundwork for Azerbaijan “expanding the geography of hostilities, including the aggression against the Republic of Armenia.”
Dozens of people have been killed and wounded since fighting broke out Sunday. The Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Ministry reported 84 servicemen killed, while Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev said 10 civilians were killed on its side, although he didn’t detail the country’s military casualties.
Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by the Armenian government since 1994 at the end of a separatist war following the breakup of the Soviet Union three years earlier.
The region in the Caucasus Mountains of about 1,700 square miles, or about the size of the US state of Delaware, is 30 miles from the Armenian border. Soldiers backed by Armenia also occupy some Azerbaijani territory outside the region.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pushed for “an immediate cease-fire and a return to the negotiating table” in phone calls with the leaders of both countries, her office said.
She told them the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe offers an appropriate forum for talks and that the two countries’ neighbors “should contribute to the peaceful solution,” said her spokesman, Steffen Seibert.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a visit to Greece that “both sides must stop the violence” and work “to return to substantive negotiations as quickly as possible.”
Turkey supports Azerbaijan in the conflict, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urging Armenia to withdraw immediately from the separatist region.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey is “by Azerbaijan’s side on the field and at the (negotiating) table.”
Cavusoglu said the international community must defend Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity in the same way it defended the integrity of Ukraine and Georgia.
“They are holding Azerbaijan, whose territories have been occupied, on an equal footing with Armenia. This is a wrong and unjust approach,” Cavusoglu said after a visit to Azerbaijan’s Embassy in Ankara.
Russia, which along with France and the United States co-chairs the Minsk group set up in 1992 to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, urged every country to help facilitate a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
“We call on all countries, especially our partners such as Turkey, to do everything to convince the opposing parties to cease fire and return to peacefully resolving the conflict by politico-diplomatic means,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.
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