Q & A: If You Didn’t Live in New York City, Where Would You Live?

By Annie Wu
Annie Wu
Annie Wu
Annie Wu joined the full-time staff at the Epoch Times in July 2014. That year, she won a first-place award from the New York Press Association for best spot news coverage. She is a graduate of Barnard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
July 22, 2010 Updated: October 8, 2018
'Puerto Rico. I was born and raised there. And I'm thinking about moving there after retirement. I guess because that's my home, and my childhood, I spent my childhood there. I have a lot of good memories, and also not-so-good memories. And a lot of my relatives, they live in the countryside. I always feel very good when I go to visit. And I look at the mountains, it's very relaxing. It is hot, but it's a different type of heat than in the city. The city's very humid, Puerto Rico is a very dry heat.' - Paula Rosagerstein, 48, high-school teacher, Queens  (Annie Wu/Epoch Times Staff)
'Puerto Rico. I was born and raised there. And I'm thinking about moving there after retirement. I guess because that's my home, and my childhood, I spent my childhood there. I have a lot of good memories, and also not-so-good memories. And a lot of my relatives, they live in the countryside. I always feel very good when I go to visit. And I look at the mountains, it's very relaxing. It is hot, but it's a different type of heat than in the city. The city's very humid, Puerto Rico is a very dry heat.' - Paula Rosagerstein, 48, high-school teacher, Queens (Annie Wu/Epoch Times Staff)

NEW YORK—They say If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. New York is often the center of the world’s attention, but if New Yorkers decided to live elsewhere, where would they go?

The Epoch Times took to the street to ask: “If you did not live in New York City, where would you Live?

'The west coast of Florida, around Tampa. I like warm weather, so it's a nice climate. It's a little humid, but I can take it. Right now in New York, we have very bad weather. The people are also very friendly, very nice, and it's very clean, which we don't have here.' - Elizabeth Marianski, 62, accountant, Queens (Annie Wu/Epoch Times Staff)
'The west coast of Florida, around Tampa. I like warm weather, so it's a nice climate. It's a little humid, but I can take it. Right now in New York, we have very bad weather. The people are also very friendly, very nice, and it's very clean, which we don't have here.' - Elizabeth Marianski, 62, accountant, Queens (Annie Wu/Epoch Times Staff)
'Morocco is a good place to live, you know? It's not expensive, all four seasons a beautiful place, nice food, nice people. Because I visited before, and I liked it. It's close to Spain. You can drink coffee in Morocco and you can see Spain from a beautiful view. And you can play with snow there, you see? They have Sahara, and they have snow. It's a very peaceful place. It's a Muslim country. People pray five times a day. And you feel comfortable there, you know? No alcohol, no women in the streets smoking, something different.' - Habe Sabbne, 57, window decorator, Brooklyn (Annie Wu/Epoch Times Staff)
'Morocco is a good place to live, you know? It's not expensive, all four seasons a beautiful place, nice food, nice people. Because I visited before, and I liked it. It's close to Spain. You can drink coffee in Morocco and you can see Spain from a beautiful view. And you can play with snow there, you see? They have Sahara, and they have snow. It's a very peaceful place. It's a Muslim country. People pray five times a day. And you feel comfortable there, you know? No alcohol, no women in the streets smoking, something different.' - Habe Sabbne, 57, window decorator, Brooklyn (Annie Wu/Epoch Times Staff)
'Austin, Texas. It's a very liberal city. It's beautiful, it's very green, it's got great music, and the people are very friendly, like in New York. But I'd rather live in New York because I think it has something to do with the vibrancy and the reflectiveness of the energy here. It's like, there's so many people, and there's so much going on all the time that no matter what you feel, it's just given back to you... It's an amazing town. I like the way that it's built, I like the way it feels walking on the sidewalks, the culture, the diversity, the history. As for why Austin, it's probably the casual atmosphere. It's very laidback. Whereas New York is very friendly in an energetic way, Austin is very friendly in a laidback, let's-go-sit-on-the-porch-and-drink-a-beer kind of way. Time is slower there.' - Hannah Vitale, 23, actor, Bedford-Stuyvesant (Annie Wu/Epoch Times Staff)
'Austin, Texas. It's a very liberal city. It's beautiful, it's very green, it's got great music, and the people are very friendly, like in New York. But I'd rather live in New York because I think it has something to do with the vibrancy and the reflectiveness of the energy here. It's like, there's so many people, and there's so much going on all the time that no matter what you feel, it's just given back to you... It's an amazing town. I like the way that it's built, I like the way it feels walking on the sidewalks, the culture, the diversity, the history. As for why Austin, it's probably the casual atmosphere. It's very laidback. Whereas New York is very friendly in an energetic way, Austin is very friendly in a laidback, let's-go-sit-on-the-porch-and-drink-a-beer kind of way. Time is slower there.' - Hannah Vitale, 23, actor, Bedford-Stuyvesant (Annie Wu/Epoch Times Staff)
'Modesto, California. I used to live there. It's just a beautiful place to live. Yes, it is. The temperature is always right-not too hot, not too cold, year round. The people are great. You don't worry too much. You just get up and do what you gotta do. Beautiful.' - Joseph Dudley, 48, substance abuse counselor, Brooklyn (Annie Wu/Epoch Times Staff)
'Modesto, California. I used to live there. It's just a beautiful place to live. Yes, it is. The temperature is always right-not too hot, not too cold, year round. The people are great. You don't worry too much. You just get up and do what you gotta do. Beautiful.' - Joseph Dudley, 48, substance abuse counselor, Brooklyn (Annie Wu/Epoch Times Staff)
'I think I'd move to India. The culture is very different. It's such a different kind of experience. I've been there twice now with my husband. Our first trip was a few years ago, we went to northern India, and our last trip was this past December and we went to southern India. And I think one of the nice things about traveling is, you get to experience things so differently. We were there over New Year's. Did you know that they bring all their children to the New Years' Eve parties? I thought that was kinda really fantastic. It's more family-oriented. And also, religion plays a very important role in their lives, and they're very devout, and very spiritual people.' - Marianne Edwards, 65, painter, NoHo (Annie Wu/Epoch Times Staff)
'I think I'd move to India. The culture is very different. It's such a different kind of experience. I've been there twice now with my husband. Our first trip was a few years ago, we went to northern India, and our last trip was this past December and we went to southern India. And I think one of the nice things about traveling is, you get to experience things so differently. We were there over New Year's. Did you know that they bring all their children to the New Years' Eve parties? I thought that was kinda really fantastic. It's more family-oriented. And also, religion plays a very important role in their lives, and they're very devout, and very spiritual people.' - Marianne Edwards, 65, painter, NoHo (Annie Wu/Epoch Times Staff)
'Hawaii, because the sun is basically always shining. It seems like a slower pace of living. You can be outdoors day and night. It's very peaceful there. Even though I was raised in Brooklyn, I think at times you need something tranquil, quiet. I don't know how long I can live there for, but it just seems nice.' - Sara Weiner, 59, retired special education teacher, Lower East Side  (Annie Wu/Epoch Times Staff)
'Hawaii, because the sun is basically always shining. It seems like a slower pace of living. You can be outdoors day and night. It's very peaceful there. Even though I was raised in Brooklyn, I think at times you need something tranquil, quiet. I don't know how long I can live there for, but it just seems nice.' - Sara Weiner, 59, retired special education teacher, Lower East Side (Annie Wu/Epoch Times Staff)

Annie Wu
Annie Wu
Annie Wu joined the full-time staff at the Epoch Times in July 2014. That year, she won a first-place award from the New York Press Association for best spot news coverage. She is a graduate of Barnard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.