By Duncan Smith

Thanks to the double whammy of COVID-19 lockdowns and Democrats looking the other way as rioting and looting destroyed entire city blocks in major cities all over the country, residents are fleeing just as quickly as they can.

Yes, if you’re a real estate agent in a part of the country that is stable — or a moving company — your business is booming.

And nowhere is the exodus more profound than in the worst-run major city and blue state in the country: New York and New York City.

The NY Post documented the disaster in a story over the weekend:

Moving trucks were out in force on Manhattan's Upper West Side on Saturday — leaving Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa practically tripping over them.

'The mass evacuation of Upper West Siders from NYC is in full effect,' Sliwa, who lives on W. 87th Street, lamented, blaming the city's decision this summer to house hundreds of emotionally disturbed homeless and recovering addicts in neighborhood hotels.

A mayoral candidate, Sliwa has been organizing and often leading Guardian Angels patrols of the area.

'They were stacked up,' Sliwa told The Post of the four trucks he saw as he took a morning walk on Saturday.

Stopping at each truck, he was told each was heading out of state.

No sooner had Sliwa stepped out of his apartment building — where nine out of the 12 units are empty — than he saw the first moving truck of the morning.

It was the eighth truck he's seen on his block in less than two weeks.

Nine of the 12 apartments in his own building are empty now.

'The moment I walked out on my block, near Central Park West, there was a moving truck. I asked where you going, and they said, 'Virginia,’' he said.

'They told me, 'Curtis, first the pandemic hit us and now the quality of life is so bad’' Sliwa said.

'The woman was almost crying. They said they survived the '70s,' as a young couple in the then-high crime neighborhood. 'But then in a month, in July, the neighborhood was destroyed.'

Mayor Bill de Blasio is squarely to blame for the decisions to keep New Yorkers locked down — even now — and to look the other way as rioters and looters destroyed businesses and lives.

'These are the people who elected de Blasio, who live here,' Sliwa told the Post. 'It's a progressive, liberal neighborhood. And now there's a visceral hate here for him — the feeling that he has virtually singlehandedly destroyed this city.'

Meanwhile, that bonehead governor, Andrew Cuomo, likely killed thousands of New York’s elderly by ordered coronavirus patients into nursing homes.

No wonder people are breaking their backsides to get out of their New York hell.

Yet another Democrat state and Democrat city destroyed. Way to go, boys.

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