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Escape from New York: Why Some Have Put the City Behind Them

Billy and Pat strike again. This time the dynamic Buffalo duo have been spotlighted in a NY Daily News article that features a series of NYC expats who decided that the grass was greener outside of the Big Apple.

The article introduces us to a number of former New Yorkers who felt that there were better opportunities elsewhere, and that NYC was not the same place that they had come to know formerly. The overall sentiment was that unless you had stashes of money to support the high costs of living, or you didn’t feel like spending your waking moments commuting and working, there were other cities that not only welcomed you, but needed you.

In Buffalo, Billy and Pat have become somewhat of poster children for this city. They are a fun loving, gay, stylish and proud married couple who have embraced Buffalo and its quirkiness. The two were looking for a friendly city that was more manageable and relaxed than NYC, where they could concentrate on living rather than working to make a living.

Obviously Buffalo is not for everyone, and either is NYC. And that’s really the point. There’s a place for everyone, which is the crux of the article. Per usual, the message is, “If you decide to leave NYC, you were not defeated as many would have you think.”

For many, the pressure of leaving NYC has got to be tough. But if you listen to the stories from the people featured in the article, there are plenty of fairytale endings, once the life changing decision has been made. For those that were born, grew up, or spent a significant part of their lives in NYC, surrounded by a constant buzz of business, traffic, horns and people, it kinda makes sense that something else, someplace else, could be considered an adventure. Once again, not for the masses, but certainly for those looking for a change of pace.

Here’s the article.


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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