I am a New Yorker and love everything the city has to offer. It is the city I was born in and the city I hope to live in until I die. I always thought I wanted to live in Manhattan, to be in the heart of things. As I get older, my desires and wants have changed. I realize I will never be able to afford a three bedroom, two bathroom co-op in the heart of the city and at this stage of my life nothing less will suffice. I love my husband but want to be able to have space between us and I certainly do not want to wait my turn to use the bathroom. I don't want to shlep laundry to the basement and I certainly don't want to have to take a bus to get to the subway living in Manhattan.
This New Yorker has decided to spend the rest of her time right where I am now, in my own home in Queens. I only just realized that living here is like having it all. The bus on my corner gets me to the subway in a half hour or less and the E or F train gets me to midtown in another 30 or so minutes. Living in Queens also gives me easy access to the beaches and wonders of Nassau and Suffolk county. I am 20 minutes from both NY airports which take me almost everywhere in the world non stop although living in Queens I can experience the world without ever leaving my borough. I can keep my car without selling a kidney to pay for parking.
I know lots of people moving to Manhattan in their retirement years. I was at first jealous. They had what I always wanted. After careful consideration I realize these friends are not doing anything different than what I already do. I am happy to stay put, exactly where I am today.