When Geraldine Greenberg decamped from New York City to Long Beach Island, NJ, last month with her husband and 20-month-old son, she pictured an idyllic, six-week respite from a COVID-consumed world.
Instead, she was shamed.
“It’s straight-up discrimination against New Yorkers,” Greenberg, a 35-year-old real-estate agent, tells The Post. “We were definitely shunned by the neighbors when we arrived and for the entire time we stayed.”
Popular vacation spots by the beach, upstate and in New England have been a magnet for Manhattanites fleeing the coronavirus. But as locals retaliate with verbal insults, pointed signs and other intimidating behaviors, stir-crazed city slickers — even those who were regular visitors before the pandemic — have been branded geographic undesirables.
At the end of March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel advisory for residents of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. For two weeks, those in the tristate area were asked to halt nonessential travel. Even though those restrictions have been lifted, New Yorkers are still getting slammed for leaving the coronavirus-ravaged city.
Memorial Day crowds in the Hamptons prompted Southampton to implement a new residents-only rule. Until at least June 5, beachgoers have to offer proof they live in the town “to prevent the resurgence of coronavirus in our community.” The board of nearby East Hampton implored Gov. Andrew Cuomo to delay the reopening of area hotels and resorts because nonresidents could “overwhelm our town, creating an untenable, and avoidable, surge in the ongoing public health crisis.” Back in March, law enforcement officers in Rhode Island stopped cars with New York license plates and even conducted door-to-door searches to rout out residents seeking shelter there.
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