Exclusive: Study shows Staten Island in an ‘affordability crisis’

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — When everything from food to rent was simply unaffordable for former Annadale residents Danielle Farina, 28, and her fiance, Daniel Torres, 27, they decided to leave their hometown for a cheaper place to live.

“Everything was too expensive. We were dating for seven years, and we were still living in our parents’ houses because we couldn’t afford an apartment,” said Farina, who worked in medical records for a hospital, while Torres was an advertising executive.

“We were living paycheck to paycheck. We would have been working to pay rent and nothing else,” she added, noting they moved to Las Vegas in July.

And the pair isn’t alone. High property taxes, rent prices, food costs and utility bills have caused many middle class Staten Islanders to struggle to make ends meet.
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