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Old 01-17-2012, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY born & raised!
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Just curious as the BF and I are both born and bred Brooklynites and looking to move out this year. I've heard stories from people who left and were happy for it, but others who came back as well. Was wondering if anyone had stories to share of either case and why? I'm a research queen, so we won't go anywhere without doing our homework, just looking for some insight here from people who have done it.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:25 PM
 
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I have left for a few years and was happy. When I wasn't happy anymore, I came back and am happy (sometimes).
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:29 PM
 
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How long did it take you to go back to where you moved from after you moved?

Moved away, come home, and want to go back again?

There are a TON of threads that you'll find interesting over at the General Moving Issues section here.
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY born & raised!
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Ah thanks Stagger, I was hoping for a direct NYC perspective, since leaving here is kind of like an anomaly. But I will check out the others threads.
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:11 PM
 
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Well..
I left Manhattan in March of last year and will never look back.

...or live there again Buddah willing.
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:26 PM
 
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I left for 2.5 years and not one day went by that I didn't miss NYC. I moved back and now make sure I realize how lucky I am to be living where I love. Never took NYC for granted before when I lived here before but really appreciate it so much more when I returned. Whether it's NYC where you live or some where else it is very important to love where you live or you won't live a good quality of life as you won't ever be happy.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I don't know if my statistic counts because it wasn't voluntary. My parents bought a house in New Jersey when I was 13. I, personally, never wanted to leave the city...and I moved back as soon as I could manage it.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:33 AM
 
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Stagger left in March of last year...and yet here he is still voraciously scouring the NYC city-data site daily. Interesting.

I left to go to school in Florida and was quite happy. The climate suited me, and I love the beach...the pay did not. So I am back and am relatively content.
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Staten Island, NY
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I left for four years, spending most of that time in Colorado. At the time, I wanted to come back because of friends, but upon returning and starting a career, I quickly realized I should have stayed. Over the last 10 years I've casually looked for jobs (most recently about a year ago), but being that I have a great, high-paying job/career that does not travel with me if I leave, I'd be taking too much of a step down to relocate. As a result, we're looking to move outside of the city to the more rural, upstate counties which would still allow me to work here.
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge
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I left nearly 20 years ago. Leaving was easy. You get to a point when all the negatives culminate to a point that you just say enough is enough and make the decision to move on. Most people look at the large items but rarely look at the small ones (those are the issues that really float to the top). So the first 5 years were the most difficult. It was the small things that were missed. 20 years later, I'm happy most of the time but there are urges that still come up. Things like taking a 3am walk to clear my head, going to a diner at 4am and being able to order nearly anything I wanted, a freshly made simple bagel, a Almond Horn.....the small things. DM me a questionaire if you like.
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