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For northeasterners: would you rather live in NYC or Boston? Why?

Asked by Rsam (586points) July 24th, 2009

i’ve had this debate many times with co-workers and friends, and am oftens surprised how many people remain afraid of either of these two cities. NYC for me has more culture, more life, more humanity, more grit, and more to say about america than Boston can—despite its “historical” status. Boston to me remains a somewhat overblown suburb/college town with lots of expensive looking white people doing expensive white people things (not that that doesnt occur in NYC). and further more alot of people i know have this myth imbued from lots of kids movies that NYC is some cess pool of robbery, murder and drug crime—-which its not anymore. indeed, Boston tends to be more dangerous.

what myths to you harbor about both cities?

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casheroo's avatar

Out of those two? Boston…although I’d prefer to be in Philadelphia (where I am now)

Capt_Bloth's avatar

Well they are both too expensive and full of themselves, as far as cities go. Jersey City, close to downtown NYC, but less expensive. You could afford to live the NY lifestyle that everyone insists is so great.

marinelife's avatar

I’ll tell you mine when you acknowledge yours. Your post is filled with your prejudice.

I actually love both of those cities for different reasons. I think the question about which has more culture is tough. I would almost say it is a toss-up. Both have wonderful museums, wonderful music and art scenes.

New York is a unique, vibrant city.

Boston is the heart of New England with loads of historic charm.

Rsam's avatar

prejudice seems like an awfully harsh word. preference seems closer.

foreveryone else: im purposely ignoring the money issue. i’m focusing more on culture.

elijah's avatar

I would definitely choose NYC above Boston. In all fairness I’ve never been to Boston, but I’ve met people from there and that accent just rips through my head. I couldn’t live there for that fact alone.

CMaz's avatar

New York City all the way!

marinelife's avatar

somewhat overblown suburb/college town
with lots of expensive looking white people doing expensive white people things
indeed, Boston tends to be more dangerous.

These are clearly prejudicial statements. I’ll stick with my word choice, thanks.

fireside's avatar

I’ve lived in NYC and enjoyed it for a while.
I’ve only been to Boston a few times, so it would be hard to provide a reasoned judgment.

Either way, my general impression at this point is that both have too many people!

Jeruba's avatar

Boston. Definitely Boston for me.

— For most things that both have plenty of (restaurants, neighborhoods, cars, people), Boston has enough and New York has too many. New York can overwhelm even a Bostonian. You can get used to Boston quickly.

— For things that each has only one or a few of (rivers, harbors, world-class museums, symphony orchestras, tallest buildings), New York might have more or bigger, and they are surely worth seeing (hearing), but for most practical and aesthetic purposes Boston’s will suffice.

— Boston is more learnable, walkable, navigable, and amiable.

— Both move too fast, but New York moves faster.

— Boston has Cambridge right across the river. New York has nothing of the sort.

CMaz's avatar

Why suffice when NYC has it all.
And, we have NYU, FIT, and Columbia University. Not to mention West Point.

“Boston is more learnable, walkable, navigable, and amiable.”
NYC might come off intimating, but none of the above. As far as I see it and lived it ;-)

Jeruba's avatar

I thought this was about stating preferences, not arguing and refuting one another’s points.

blondie411's avatar

Each city is better or worse for each person. Boston is smaller more manageable while NY is larger and moves faster. NYC itself has different area’s neighborhood’s but Boston’s city itself has neighborhood’s in it as well. Cambridge and Somerville aren’t considered inside Boston’s city limit’s and can be compared to NY’s Queen’s or Brooklyn as they can be outer borough’s still accessible by mass transit but not exactly in the center of the city. I’ve always thought that Boston was a mini NYC and extremely walkable but it is all what your preference is. If you like the hustle and bustle culture, museums, late late night and great food obviously NYC is for you. History, smaller city, bars, walkability then Boston is for you then.

fireside's avatar

@ChazMaz – I don’t think you could count West Point as a part of NYC anymore than you could the Catskills.

CMaz's avatar

Yes, West Point was a stretch. ;-)

“not arguing and refuting one another’s points.”

I should be the last person to tell you not to take what is posted on Fluther personal.

We are all just sharing insight and passion to how we see things.
All good stuff. :-)

cwilbur's avatar

I had the choice. I live in Boston. You figure it out.

cookieman's avatar

I’ve lived in Boston my whole life and I’ve been to New York about 20 times. From what I know of New York, I’d still choose Boston even if I wasn’t born here.

My reasons are similar to @Jeruba.‘s

@elijah: ”that accent just rips through my head
Apparently our friendship would come to a screeching halt the moment we met in person.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I am a Yankees fan. Enough said.

elijah's avatar

@cprevite we don’t have to speak, we can just gaze into each others eyes! ;)

cookieman's avatar

@elijah: : : a k w a r d • s i l e n c e : :

Fred931's avatar

I’ve only visited both but I would definitely fit in better in NYC.

FrogOnFire's avatar


I lived in the Boston area for 10 years and now I live in Chicago. I would love to move back! Some parts of NYC are nice, but nothing compares to Boston.

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