Economic refugees flee Sydney for NYC

Brigid Delaney
Sydney Morning Herald

I finish my delicious, very large chicken and salad sandwich ($5), before taking the train ($2.25) home to my massive apartment ($400 a week), stopping off on the way at a bar to meet some friends for a cocktail ($8) where the waitress – seemingly unaware of the concept of standard measures – slugs a couple of extra shots in my drink.

No, it’s not Sydney, circa 1992 – it’s Manhattan, 2012.

You do not get much change from $10 for a sandwich in Sydney, a bus from the city to Bondi is $3.30, cocktails are as much as $20 and the city boasts some of the most unaffordable housing in the world.

Sydney (11), Melbourne (15) and Perth (19) now rank among the world’s most expensive cities, while London languishes in 25th spot and New York in 33rd, according to the Mercer Worldwide Cost of Living Survey 2012 released this month.

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