The survey showed 67 percent of people worry about food costs and 53 percent about gas, but Levy said the Manhattan cohort drags the fuel number down due to a large degree of public transportation.
"Nearly one in three New York households report a member getting a second job over the last six months to make ends meet while 23 percent have had a job loss and 26 percent have suffered a cut back in work hours," the survey concluded.
"Guarded economic optimism is making a comeback. Sixty percent of New Yorkers, up from 49 in August, now expect to be better off financially in a year's time. And despite ongoing job pressures, more New Yorkers now see the economic glass as half full as compared with those that see it as half empty," said Levy.