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For those of you who live in New York City, what's it like?

Asked by Jude (32112points) April 20th, 2010

I’ve always wanted to know..

This may get pulled, but, I’m uber curious.

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DarkScribe's avatar

It? What is it? I can think of an enormous number of things that could be regarded as “it”.

Jude's avatar

@DarkScribe well, that was helpful. ~

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

This question reminds me of the How I Met Your Mother episode where the gang are super lazy & Barney’s brother tries to get them up & out, because they owe it to all the people in the ‘boring’ states to take advantage of New York. So, I would rephrase the question to, do New Yorkers actually take advantage of what New York has to offer, or are they just like the rest of us, when you’re bored with friends, you just hang out in the basement & listen to old records? Which, honestly-those are the best of times I think. Is it just tourists who go to all those clubs & broadway shows every night?

DarkScribe's avatar

@jjmah DarkScribe well, that was helpful. ~

The question was too broad. Like many cities, New York has a lot of good and a lot of bad. I have lived there back in the seventies, and again far more recently. If you like theatre, restaurants, art, New York can be great. It is NOT a friendly city like some others – I found Boston and most West Coast cities to be far friendlier. It is also – even with its “reduced” crime rate – not a safe city for many. I didn’t have it happen to me, but was constantly regaled with stories of muggings and violence all from co-workers and friends. I like New York, but wouldn’t pick it as one of my favourites for my daughters for instance.

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

I’ll second that, at what @DarkScribe said. I have visited New York a few times, it’s a little rough around the edges. I went to college that was a 5 minute train ride to Boston & I just fell in love with Boston. May not have as much glitz & glamour as New York, but they make up for it with Olympic grade hospitality.

About your question, you should be a little more specific. Since New York has an endless supply of things for people to do, you should focus on just a few that you are interested in hearing about.

aprilsimnel's avatar

What aspect of New York are you most curious about? I don’t end up sitting at someone’s house listening to old records, not hardly. Sometimes people come to my house for video game parties, but usually, there is almost too much to do on a regular basis. Just about every cuisine can be found here, every particular subculture; music, art, films, we even have a comics museum that’s regarded like any other fine arts venue. The only city I could compare it to in depth and breadth of life and experiences to be had is London.

tragiclikebowie's avatar

@DarkScribe @rpmpseudonym I’m from Boston and I found NYC to be much friendlier. Who knows.

I’m not from NYC but my boyfriend lives close by and I have some friends who go to school there as well. It is very big. My first impression of it was just how HUGE and spaced out and busy it was. I also found it to be kind of smelly, but what city isn’t. After walking around I had this sort of NYC funk. Driving through isn’t bad unless it’s during rush hour, and then it is a total nightmare. The cabs will literally run you over. They have no remorse. My boyfriend is from New Jersey so I have to drive through the city to get to him. There are parts of it I like, parts of it I don’t. The shopping and restaurants are really great though. Don’t take the bus, the Port Authority is scary as hell. I find that I do like the places outside the city though, like Bronxville and Yonkers. Parts are very pretty, lovely houses, as well as interesting little diners and bars.

breedmitch's avatar

I remember hearing once that the great thing about living here is your neighbors are the best in the world at what they do. I realize that that’s a crazy generalization, but I do believe that for the most part, it’s true.
I just got back from Tosca at the Met and you’ll have a hard time convincing me we don’t have the best singers in the world.
I also like the idea that if it doesn’t exist here, then you can create it and find an audience for it.

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

@breedmitch “if it doesn’t exist here, then you can create it and find an audience for it.”

Thats the perfect definition of New York.

CMaz's avatar


It has everything, (no sandy beaches or ski slopes) open all night.

Luna's avatar

IT’S AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DarkScribe's avatar

Here you go – you can have it in writing. A survey has just ranked New York the best city to live in – for guys.

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