The old cliché goes that when snooty Manhattanites finally get priced out of the better borough, and they want to stay in New York City, they pack up and head to Brooklyn. The property is cheaper, you can have a car, the kids get that fresh country air, etc., etc. But in this week's Observer, Tom Acitelli runs some I.R.S. numbers and comes to this stunning conclusion: From 2001 to 2006, more Manhattanites relocated to the Bronx than Brooklyn, or any other borough for that matter. Over that stretch of time, 23,390 people headed north to the home of the Yankees, while the home of the Nets (eventually?) consistently ran second place in the year-to-year numbers. Queens and Staten Island were, uh, less desired. Between 2005 and 2006, the most recent year the I.R.S. numbers were available, 4,680 Manhattanites moved to the Bronx, and 3,731 went to Brooklyn. Whodathunkit?! Also between 2005 and 2006, a total of over 10,000 Manhattanites migrated to outer boroughs. Yes, but how many survived?
· Where Manhattanites Move When They Want to Stay in New York [NYO]