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Thursday, January 29, 2015

NY Observer: Horrors of Westport Living

The New York Observer in its latest issue focuses on New Yorkers who move to the suburbs, including Westport, and then can’t wait to get back to the city.

“Lynn Shanahan loved Westport, Conn.,” the newspaper’s article began. “It was restful, beautiful and close to New York—an ideal escape from the city on sticky summer days. And then she moved there.”

It goes on to quote her as saying:  “I was standing on the train platform in the dark at 6:15 a.m. when I realized I had made a mistake.”

Among her complaints: “the house and yard required constant tending, weekly grocery shopping trips proved a chore compared to casually picking things up throughout the week and dinner options after 9:30 p.m. dwindled to pizza or Chinese takeout.” Read the full article here.


Posted 01/29/15 at 03:00 PM  Permalink


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I too am really suffering living in Westport Ct
we have the beach - the State park-the dog park great restaurants -incredible schools - the Senior Center -the new Y-Playhouse-Longshore -kind and concerned citizens
I must get back to NY—I just can’t take it here
rob adler

Posted by bobby herman on January 29, 2015 at 05:05 PM | #

Hey, lady ... next time, do your homework first! COME ON, MAN!

Posted by mark s. graham on January 30, 2015 at 08:59 AM | #

I read the linked article with interest, having more than a few “true NYC” friends who have made the move to Westport, some of whom do, in fact, harbor a longing for a return to NYC. To each their own, and NYC certainly has its attractions, but the article contains one glaring omission - it fails to mention the biggest reason most young families leaving NYC choose Westport - our excellent schools. Ask any realtor, they know what brings NYC expats with kids to Westport. (I don’t mean to dismiss the long list of other reasons why Westport is a wonderful place to live, I am a huge fan of this Town.)

The school piece is also absent from the author’s analysis of the costs of living in NYC vs. a suburb such as Westport, where even the Metro North monthly ticket was mentioned - the cost to send their children to (private) school if living in NYC averaged $35,000 in 2011 - per child, of course. Our great schools are included in the package when you live in Westport!

Posted by Jack Whittle on January 30, 2015 at 09:34 AM | #