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The grouchy New Yorker may have gone the way of the Checker Cab.

A whopping 84 percent of New Yorkers are satisfied or very satisfied with life in the city that never sleeps, according to a first-ever livability study released Thursday by the Municipal Art Society.

The survey of more than 1,000 Gothamites found that the happiest folks live on Staten Island, where 95 percent were residing in bliss. That was followed by Queens (93 percent), Manhattan (91 percent), Brooklyn (89 percent) and the Bronx (86 percent), according to the report.

What’s not to like about naughty, bawdy, gaudy New York? asked Felipe “Lucky Reyes” Fernandez, 32, of Hamilton Heights, who loves the women, the nightlife (“We can party till 4 a.m.!”) and even rush hour. New York’s dense diversity, he says, “sparks your curiosity. ... It helps the imagination and your creativity.”

Still, “there were disparities across the city by borough, by race and by income,” noted Municipal Art Society president Vin Cipolla. Twenty-two percent of African-Americans reported being dissatisfied versus 9 percent of whites. In news sure not to shock anyone, satisfaction was highest among people living in Manhattan and/or making $75,000-plus a year.

That didn’t surprise Maria Rivera, 47, from the least happy borough, the Bronx: “When I pay my bills, I have $110 left over. What am I going to do with $110?”

Borough satisfaction and happiness scores are multi-factorial, noted Cipolla, ranging from foreclosure rates to commuting times, economic opportunities and safety.

“Where there is economic stability and economic opportunities, people are satisfied,” he said. Part of the secret behind the smiles of Staten Islanders, he noted, may be that the borough boasts the highest home-ownership rates, high satisfaction rates with schools and the lowest density of all five boroughs.

(with Heidi Lee)


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