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Inside the journeys of 4 millennials ditching New York for Florida to escape winter — and oppressive lockdowns — in favor of boating, tennis, and the beach

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Alissa Farina rode out the early days of the coronavirus pandemic in her tiny Manhattan studio.

But with the inevitable sub-zero temperatures of a Northeast winter made even harsher by looming COVID-19 restrictions on dining, gyms, and social activities, the 24-year-old entrepreneur decided to move south — to save her sanity.

When the lease on her West Village apartment expired in the fall, Farina didn’t renew it. Instead, like her retired neighbors have done for decades, she packed up and headed to Florida, with grand plans to spend the winter working remotely while reveling in Miami’s square details ⇒

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