NYC real estate left unoccupied; meaning the lights are on but no one is home…literally. Luxury residences are swept off the market by business moguls from all over the world who stay in their prime NYC real estate properties a handful of times a year. In a city where a parking space sells for $1 million, some may wonder, “Who would spring for premium real estate and leave it vacant?”. Judgments to the side, many NYC residents are worried this may widen the gap between the wealthy and poor. Building Survey crews are noticing a number of high-end residences in Manhattan that seem unoccupied.