Reasons NHP's Youth Are Moving into the City

From having less of a commute to work and more entertainment options, some of those born and bred here don't want to stay.

Jeff Zullo, a 27-year-old MLB marketing producer, moved to the Upper East Side with his then girlfriend and now wife, Marisa Spiegelman, in March of 2008 after living on Yorkshire Road in New Hyde Park his whole life.

"The number one reason [we moved] was because we were both working in Manhattan and really, really hated the commute on the Long Island Railroad," Zullo said. "It was so expensive, the trains are always unreliable and we kind of had a little bit of a different schedule, so it was difficult trying to coordinate getting there and coming home."

Zullo is one of many Long Island born and bred who decide to move elsewhere as adults. Zullo is content with his decision to move because of the commute to Manhattan and a plethora of interesting things to do in the city.

"You could pretty much walk out your door and have access to anything that you want," Zullo said. "If you want to go out to a bar, there are millions of bars, they have restaurants; anything you need...is within walking distance."

The few setbacks Zullo sees to living in the city are that entertainment can be expensive, the rent is pretty high and being in the city that never sleeps, it often gets noisy due to the hustle, bustle and construction.

"We're definitelynot going to stay here forever; maybe two or three years more," he said. "We're not thinking about having kids at this moment, but I definitely would not want to raise a kid in the city."

Jackie Edwards, a 27-year-old employee at North Shore LIJ Health System and long-time friend of Zullo, now lives with a roommate in Astoria after living on Bellwood Drive in New Hyde Park.

"[I moved] to get out of my parents house and since I had a full-time job in the city, it was a better commute from Queens," Edwards said. "It's also the best of both worlds because I'm a subway ride away from Manhattan and a car ride away from New Hyde Park where my parents live."

Edwards loves the freedom that comes with living in the city and enjoys visiting the "cool places to go on the weekends in Astoria and in the city," but she doesn't plan to stay in Astoria forever.

"[I plan to stay here] until I get married and buy a house to raise a family," she said. "[I won't move back to New Hyde Park] not because I didn't have a wonderful time growing up there, but Long Island has changed ... and I don't think I would want to raise kids there."

Bill Sweeney August 19, 2011 at 04:18 PM
NHP has certainly changed. Similar to how my old town of Bayside has changed. That's why I'm in Garden City!
Steven Eiselen August 19, 2011 at 06:10 PM
Good article. Both make points I've heard a thousand times: - Where they work (and where more jobs are) is difficult to get to from LI - 'The City' has more places to go and things to do - 'The City' has better public transportation - Also, Jeff is married but not thinking about a family right now and Jackie is living with a roommate until she gets married (best of luck to both of you!). They don't seem to be interested in buying a 3 bedroom house until they're ready for a family. These are common sentiments among the 25+ crowd and the story is more or less the same for the (21-24y/o) adult group (me). So a few 'market demands' of the young adult population can be: - Right now we don't want to buy houses, we need rentals - We don't want to live in areas that are strictly bedroom communities - We want exciting, fun downtown areas with employment opportunities - NYC is expensive to live in and costs there can be too high - We want more efficient transportation systems, etc... Here's my point. Is it possible to create or augment within local downtown areas (Here's looking at you NHP) the things that would keep the young population here? And elsewhere where it's more suitable (Here's looking at you Nassau HUB), is ii possible to create a new kind of 'City' that would provide all of these needs and wants, be closer to home (easier to get to) and in fact complement the surrounding suburbia?


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