Increasing numbers of New Yorkers are buying cars as they avoid public transport because of the coronavirus pandemic, igniting the second-hand market but undermining hopes of less congestion in the Big Apple.
Julien Genestoux, 35, never owned a car when he lived in Lyon, Rome and San Francisco. And he got through five years in New York without needing one.
“Using a car in the city is a nightmare,” he told AFP. “There’s the traffic jams, going round for hours looking for somewhere to park.”
“For me, it was not practical at all. But here it has become necessary unfortunately.”
A few weeks’ ago, Genestoux, who has three children, finally took the plunge and bought a family car from a used-car website.
It has allowed his family to escape New York at a time when virtually all its cultural activities are shut down.
“Living in New York when you can’t