My group isn't in NYC, but when we work alongside our product group counterparts telephonically -- essentially every single day -- everyone in the NYC office loves to tell me how good I've got it because I'm not in the city.
And I'll admit, I love being in a smaller city, I love paying reasonable prices for food, gas and rent, and I love being able to drive to Wal-Mart to buy everything under the sun without having to worry about items being sold out because I live in an extremely overcrowded city.
But whenever I visit NYC it's always totally awesome.
This board is certainly obsessed with NYC -- it offers myriad things to do, has the class and prestige, is considered by many, even universally, to be the greatest city on earth and is the center of the finance world. As a somewhat frequent visitor, however, I rarely see what you guys have to deal with: cockroaches, $1700 rent amounts for a closet-sized room, constantly overcrowded restaurants and an aging, albeit robust, mass transit system.
This is all to say that it seems rare (and odd) when I talk to someone that is militantly in love with NYC who isn't originally from there.
Yeah, everyone I've ever known who was born and raised in NYC is gung-ho crazy about the city. The transplants, on the other hand, want to all say they "love" it, but at the same time seem pretty overwhelmed by the amount of discomfort associated with living there. And I think the last thing one needs in life when working 16-18 hours a day is _more_ discomfort.
So, monkeys who came to NYC for work and aren't from there originally: do you love it? Do you plan on staying forever, or just for the foreseeable future? Are you counting down the days until you get to move back to a place that's a little more laid-back?
For me personally, doing the banking thing outside of NYC is pretty great -- though I think many people on this board would argue that if it's outside of NYC, it somehow "doesn't count" as investment banking. I disagree with those naysayers wholeheartedly -- what do you guys think?
Stay classy, New York City.
Thanks for reading.