The Daily Dish put the story to its readers, who have responded with interesting testimonials. Like some families I know, many of them write from the perspective of a very wealthy person living amongst extremely wealthy people. They're trying to keep up with the Jones when the Jones are the Rockefellers. I think Patrick Appel hits the right note:
Living in expensive areas is a sign of wealth; it doesn't make a family middle-class. As of 2008 the median household income in New York County was $68,402. Even in relative terms, $200,000 isn't middle-class in NYC.
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