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A Tight Grip on the Good Life

Laura Steins lives in a New York suburb where Wall Street's boom years pushed the standard of living to astonishing heights.

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Squeaking by on $300,000
Article | HARRISON, N.Y. -- The live-in nanny is the first downstairs. She packs the school lunches at a kitchen window, overlooking three acres of velvety grass and little streams that slope toward a gate with a sign that says "Birch Hill."

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