A seemingly interminable winter has been the last frozen straw for some New Yorkers.
Cranky, winter weary New Yorkers are vowing to leave the city -- or at least putting their residency on probation.
"The weather here is insufferable!" lamented Katie Dolan, 23, a freelance writer on the Upper West Side.
"I'm from Arizona and I have made serious efforts to see if moving back is in my best interests," she said.
These efforts mainly entailed Dolan asking her parents if she could move back in with them in Phoenix. (They said yes.) Coming back after her Christmas visit was brutal, she said, filled with "a lot of 'what am I doing heres'?"
Some, like Dolan, are just weary of #endlesswinter (one of several Twitter hashtags devoted to despairing inclement conditions).
Others are sickened to see crowded subways conscripted into rolling toilets by flu-stricken and undomiciled passengers and dog-poop punctuated snow.
Some have had it with broken water pipes and the inability, to, well, do anything or get anywhere in the city of a thousand, now, theoretical, entertainments. Add icy temps and slick surfaces to epic housing costs, high taxes and heating bills and long commutes and lots of New Yorkers are calculating the cost-benefit of a sunnier, healthier climate.
"About 50% of my customers" have said they're fed up with winter and want to leave NYC, said Tommy Surdak, owner of Fort Washington Auto Body Repair.
Of course, many of these customers are in particular pique because they have just been in an expensive weather-related wreck.
More commonly, customers share their retirement anticipation. "Everyone has things they're waiting to achieve: As soon as these things are done, they're gone," said Surdak, who has bought and renovated his own Shangri-La near Orlando. "I'm definitely going," in about three years, he said.
This winter has indeed been particularly icky. From Jan. 1 through March 3, Central Park temperatures have been 6.9 degrees below normal and 33.9 inches of snow -- about double the norm of 16.4 inches -- has been logged. (That doesn't count the latest dump that began Thursday morning.) Also, "we've had pretty constant snow cover since the end of January," noted AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alan Reppert.
Dolan, who does not have snow boots or a serious winter coat ("I'm from the desert!") is particularly bummed because Mother Nature has aborted her daily runs, the ritual upon which she relies to stay healthy and chipper. "I thought SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) was a hoax until I moved here," in 2013, said Dolan: "Turns out it's an actual thing." Buh bye, endorphin high!
"This weather is making me depressed, mainly because I can't wear heels, due to the ice and my inability to remain upright," tweeted Harlem actress Elizabeth West, 53, who assured she is not a "precious flower," but rather a sensible person questioning whether life needs to be so difficult. West is one of the lucky ones, who can visit another home in sunny Los Angeles where her inamorato resides. Her boyfriend's birthday is March 22 "and if (the weather) is not better by the 19th, I'm going out there, even though I don't normally fly out for his birthday," she said.
But indeed, there are some who look on the bright side.
Monica Warrell, 51, an office assistant at the Central Harlem Senior Center, longs to speed up her eventual return to Atlanta, where she lived for 12 years before returning to NYC to deal with some medical issues. "I can't stand it anymore!" she said of the arctic arduousness. Her kids have cabin fever, her health suffers, and the weather is socially isolating. "No one visits each other. Everyone just wants to sit in their own little cave and be on social media," Warrell lamented.
While Warrell was itching to get out, her hardy clients at the senior center are not, she said: "They LIVE to come here! We have real die hard members: No matter what is happening outside, they're here."
This winter has been "absolute hell," for disabled people, acknowledged Edith Prentiss, 63, the vice-president of legislative affairs for Disabled in Action and who lives in Washington Heights. Prentiss, who is in a power wheelchair, has spent most of the winter indoors. But she would never leave, she said. For all the problems caused by the snow and cold, "people with profound disabilities are relocating TO New York. New York has one of the best home care programs going," she explained, adding, "We're New Yorkers. We're rent stabilized or whatever. We're only going out in boxes."