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They’re the Last Rich People Left on the Upper East Side

  • Only a handful remain as wealthy flee NYC for second homes
  • ‘You can literally waltz’ down First Avenue, a shopkeeper says
An empty street in Manhattan on Thursday.
An empty street in Manhattan on Thursday.Photographer: Debra L Rothenberg/Getty Images

Gary Vura has been wiping down counters and cooking for himself in his Carnegie Hill apartment since his wife and daughters decamped for his sister-in-law’s house in Concord, Massachusetts.

“I haven’t quite figured out how to use the vacuum cleaner yet, but that should happen,” said Vura, a managing director at Guggenheim Securities. “I’m probably doing more of that than I used to. It feels fine.”