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    North of NYC North of NYC By Houlihan Lawrence By Houlihan Lawrence by

    New research by the UK’s University of Warwick and Hamilton College in the US has used the happiness levels of a million individual US citizens to discover which are the best and worst states in which to live. New York came in dead last and I demand a recount!

    Surely, they didn’t interview anyone who resides in Westchester, Putnam or Dutchess counties of New York? What do we have to be unhappy about? OK – so our property taxes are a bit high in some areas, but look at everything we’ve got:

    • Close proximity to NYC – you can jump on a train and be at a Broadway show in 30 minutes to an hour, depending where you live.
    • Activities galore: golfing, biking, hiking, fishing, boating, swimming, skiing, horseback riding – are you getting the point?
    • Shopping – we have some of the greatest shopping in our area – no need to go to the city to shop!
    • Beautiful landscape – we are surrounded by beauty from Long Island Sound to the majestic Hudson river to the mountains up North and all the lakes and reservoirs in between. We have 4 beautiful seasons each year.
    • Restaurants – any type of cuisine you could possibly crave is right here – again, no need to go to the city!
    • Public Schools that have made the Top 100 list of America’s Best High Schools.
    • The New York Yankees - OK – so you either love them or you hate them but since they’re champs this year, what’s not to love?

    So, let me hear some hand clapping because clearly there are a lot of reasons to be happy about where we live. What do you love most about where you live?