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 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?