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Re: What is it like to live in NYC?
« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2017, 02:22:33 PM »
New York City has been called the cultural capital of the Western world, and even the cultural capital of the world.

But what is it like to actually live there? To people here who live there or have lived there in the past, what do you think? Like it or not?

It's beautiful and challenging and it has a lot of heart, but it is also expensive and a tough place to make friends and a complicated place to live logistically.
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Re: What is it like to live in NYC?
« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2017, 01:46:34 PM »
Having lived here for a year and a half now, I think that the Chicago experience is actually more quintessentially American than New York City is.

Too bad about the football team, though.
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Re: What is it like to live in NYC?
« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2017, 02:17:40 PM »
I transitioned to NYC from Minneapolis, before moving on to Los Angeles.

Living in all three of those cities is very unique, however, LA and Mpls had more in common than NYC with either place. As has been mentioned, if you don't make a lot of money things like property ownership will be out of your reach, though LA is becoming that place as well. Everything in NYC is far lower on the bang-for-your-buck scale. Lower your expectations on quality and variety of groceries, and expect to pay a lot more for food and drinks. Getting around is super convenient, except when you actually do need a car it is prohibitively expensive and a pain to own one and keep it in the city.
There is a lot to do and a lot to see and the experience is VERY unique, but I kind of aged out of NYC and was happy to get to LA for better weather and a more sane lifestyle. That said, there was a huge migration of people from NYC to LA starting about 7 years ago and they, like me, all landed on the east side and now the east side of LA is getting a very Brooklyn-hipster feel to it.

Seeing Minneapolis and Seattle and Chicago evolve to be more metropolitan and worldly like NYC is diminishing some of the uniqueness of NYC as a cultural capital, but that said, there will never be an experience like NYC anywhere else while you can approximate that among a lot of other cities.
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Re: What is it like to live in NYC?
« Reply #18 on: March 25, 2017, 06:41:08 PM »
New York City has been called the cultural capital of the Western world, and even the cultural capital of the world.

But what is it like to actually live there? To people here who live there or have lived there in the past, what do you think? Like it or not?

It's beautiful and challenging and it has a lot of heart, but it is also expensive and a tough place to make friends and a complicated place to live logistically.

So it's like Sweden then?
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Re: What is it like to live in NYC?
« Reply #19 on: March 25, 2017, 07:46:30 PM »
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Re: What is it like to live in NYC?
« Reply #20 on: March 26, 2017, 01:51:39 PM »
New York City has been called the cultural capital of the Western world, and even the cultural capital of the world.

But what is it like to actually live there? To people here who live there or have lived there in the past, what do you think? Like it or not?

It's beautiful and challenging and it has a lot of heart, but it is also expensive and a tough place to make friends and a complicated place to live logistically.

So it's like Sweden then?

Maybe? Amazing diversity though, and it has it's own culture that has evolved locally from the mixing of all the cultures. I love how many things there are that are "New York," things.
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Re: What is it like to live in NYC?
« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2017, 08:59:29 AM »
My wife and I go to NYC every year. It's our favorite place to visit. The variety of food from various cultures is really fascinating. We always have a good time. This year I want to see a show. Haven't done that yet. Probably newsies.
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Re: What is it like to live in NYC?
« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2017, 02:32:22 PM »
Having lived here for a year and a half now, I think that the Chicago experience is actually more quintessentially American than New York City is.

Too bad about the football team, though.

1) Depends on how you define "quintessential American experience," I'm not sure that either city actually captures it.
2) You'd really have to live in New York to know.
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