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Middle Class in Manhattan

In TriBeCa, Karen Azeez feels squeezed. A fund-raising consultant, Ms. Azeez has lived in the city for more than 20 years. Her husband, a retired police sergeant, bought their one-bedroom apartment in the low $200,000 range in 1997.

“When we got here, I didn’t feel so out of place, I didn’t have this awareness of being middle class,” she said. But in the last 5 or 10 years an array of high-rises brought “uberwealthy” neighbors, she said, the kind of people who discuss winter trips to St. Barts at the dog run, and buy $700 Moncler ski jackets for their children.

Even the local restaurants give Ms. Azeez the sense that she is now living as an economic minority in her own neighborhood.

“There’s McDonald’s, Mexican and Nobu,” she said, and nothing in between.

by Anonymousreply 1201/24/2013

So they moved into a neighborhood with the hopes the property values there would never rise? Okaaaaaaaay.

by Anonymousreply 101/21/2013

She should be grateful property values have risen and not worry about people she sees in the park whose names she doesn't know.

by Anonymousreply 201/21/2013

Middle Class means different things to different people.

by Anonymousreply 301/21/2013

What she should be doing is thanking her lucky stars that they were able to score something for such a remarkably low price. And IIRC, TriBeCa was already well on its way to being rather upscale in 1997. For fuck sakes, JFK Jr was living there at the time.

by Anonymousreply 401/21/2013

There is plenty of affordable housing in Queens but noooo...entitled white assholes have to live in one of the most exclusive sections of the city even if it breaks them financially.

by Anonymousreply 501/21/2013

All of you really need to read the article in the New York Times.

Your comments illustrate that you have not read the article.

Or if you have read it, you do not understand it.

by Anonymousreply 601/21/2013

From the comments:

[quote]Sorry, pal, but if you can't afford to have workers live in the city that they work in, you don't get a functional economy. You also get a REALLY boring and stratified city.

by Anonymousreply 701/21/2013

If you can't stand the heat, move to Hoboken.

by Anonymousreply 801/21/2013

Everybody chased the fantasy of New York.

And then they realized it's only a fantasy.

by Anonymousreply 901/21/2013

They should sell their apartment, it's probably appreciated value, and move to a real middle-class neighborhood and then they could feel superior!

by Anonymousreply 1001/21/2013

Death to NYC. The people are in love with themselves, and not even in a mildly entertaining way.

by Anonymousreply 1101/21/2013

Is Nyack a nice suburb?

by Anonymousreply 1201/24/2013
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