Many Lower Manhattan residents say they are heading to higher ground after Hurricane Sandy rolled through. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following report.
Fletcher Tison says the South Street Seaport was his dream neighborhood when he moved there in 2009.
"This is an amazing neighborhood. This is a great part of the city with amazing views of the bridge and the river. It is its own little community," says Tison.
He says he never contemplated a hurricane leaving the area under several feet of water, but that is just what happened when Sandy moved through. While his apartment was spared, his building is still without heat, hot water and electricity.
Fearful of a future storm, he is moving out of the neighborhood for good.
"We dodged a bullet in this area with Irene because it is a really low-lying area of Manhattan," Tison says. "I just kept thinking, last year we were able to get in the day after, this year this has happened. This is going to happen again."
Real estate experts say Tison's story is far from rare. Many residents who live in city evacuation Zone A are flocking to higher ground.
"The people who were shopping in the downtown areas suddenly became a lot more interested in seeking out homes in the Upper East Side and the Upper West Side," says Victoria Terri-Cote, a vice president of the Corcoran Group.
Terri-Cote says she has seen a significant increase in the number of young people at her uptown apartment showings. While the downtown neighborhoods may be suffering now, she doesn't believe this is going to be permanent problem.
"Fresh blood will come to the neighborhood and they won't have the memory, the direct memory of what these people who experienced Sandy went through," she says.
It is going to take some time before that happens, Terri-Cote says, but she believes the neighborhoods will come back more vibrant than ever.