- New York City has been hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with all ZIP codes in the five boroughs reporting COVID-19 fatalities — except two.
- The two neighborhoods that have yet to log a single fatality are located in Lower Manhattan, near Wall Street, according to The City.
- Per The New York Times, residents of wealthier neighborhoods have fled the city. The residential population in the fatality-free area surrounding Wall Street decreased by 30% or more between March 1 and May 1.
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Nearly 16,000 New Yorkers have died because of the coronavirus.
But while public housing developments in Brooklyn and the Bronx struggle with coronavirus outbreaks, some high-earning pockets of Manhattan have skirted the fatal effects of the coronavirus altogether.
New data provided by the city of New York on Monday showed that most almost every ZIP code in the five boroughs reported coronavirus fatalities — every ZIP code save two.
Per The City, the two neighborhoods that have yet to log a single fatality are southern Battery Park City and an adjacent section of the Financial District, meaning the only fatality-free zone in New York City happens to be located in well-heeled neighborhoods near Wall Street.
Per a New York Times report, roughly 5% of the city’s residents fled between March 1 and May 1. The mass exodus could be primarily pinned to wealthier parts of the city: Neighborhoods with resident household incomes of more than $100,000 were the first to be emptied out, according to the Times.
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The area surrounding Wall Street has a median household income upward of $120,000, as of 2015 data provided by New York City. The Times estimated that over the past two months, the residential population in the area decreased by 30% or more.
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