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New Yorkers Are Flocking to and Fleeing These Neighborhoods

By Amy Zimmer | January 2, 2017 10:27am
 Residents are fleeing the East Village and flocking to Hell's Kitchen, a study found.
Residents are fleeing the East Village and flocking to Hell's Kitchen, a study found.
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Is the East Village past its prime? Are the East 20s old hat?

These two Manhattan neighborhoods saw the largest exodus of residents, according to a recent analysis from Updater, a site that helps streamline the relocation process for residents across the country.

Of those residents from the East Village and East 20s who remained in the borough after moving, most went to Hell's Kitchen, Carnegie Hill in the East 90s, Murray Hill in the East 30s, and the Upper West Side in the West 70s and 100s, according to the firm.

Updater, which partners with prominent real estate brokerages and relocation companies, analyzed a sample of 30,000 users in New York City, looking at their migration patterns over the course of 2016.

“Residents moved to gain more space, lower their rent, or buy their first home,” said Updater CEO David Greenberg, noting that the data did not reveal specifically how many people were buying versus renting.

The Bronx's Spuyten Duyvil and Kingsbridge neighborhoods experienced noticeable increases in the percentage of new residents moving there from Manhattan as compared to 2015, according to the data.

That echoes another recent study from the real estate search engine StreetEasy, which predicted that Kingsbridge will become the most popular part of the city in 2017 due to its strong shopping district, relative affordability and easy access to the subway.

Hunts Point and Mott Haven saw the greatest increase in new residents overall in the borough.

Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick were the most popular in Brooklyn, while Long Island City, Astoria and Sunnyside drew the most people to Queens.

And Staten Island's waterfront neighborhoods, including Stapleton and St. George, proved the most popular in that borough.

Updater also found that residents who were happiest with their neighborhoods tended to live in Union Square and Brooklyn Heights.

“'Happy' is obviously a subjective term,” Greenberg said, “However, we defined ‘happy’ residents as those who moved within the same neighborhood. This group moved within their existing neighborhood — in fact, many moved within their building or just down the block.”