What’s Your Plan B? Is It Buffalo?

New York magazine’s Adam Sternbergh isn’t afraid to ask. He traveled to the icebox on the Erie (seriously, we have

New York magazine’s Adam Sternbergh isn’t afraid to ask. He traveled to the icebox on the Erie (seriously, we have family roots in Buffalo: winters there make Gotham winters feel tame) to talk to New York City residents who made the relocation, mostly because of–you guessed it–housing costs.

So they traded their one-and-a-half-bedroom apartment in Sunset Park—the one they describe as “disgusting and so small and just awful,” and for which they paid $1,300 a month plus an extra hundred for a storage space because the landlady wouldn’t let them use their own basement—for a three-bedroom apartment on a tree-lined street with a living room, a dining room, a basement, a front and back porch, stained-glass windows, and a separate office for Herbeck. All that goes for $795 a month, a price that, Herbeck points out somewhat sheepishly, as though she’s revealing a guilty indulgence, is at the top end of the rental market in Buffalo.

What’s Your Plan B? Is It Buffalo?