Just saw a freaking mouse walk leisurely in my $2,000 apartment!!!! this city is so god damn filthy. I walk around and it smells like dog piss everywhere, everyone is so rude, subways suck a**.....eh, that was me just venting, but I will probably live here for the next couple of years. Tomorrow I will just walk into a CVS while smelling the fresh piss and trash, buy some mouse traps and hope to catch the little sucker.
Is New York Really Any Worse Than Other Cities?
New York has a reputation as being filthy, rude, and overpriced but is it really so much worse than other major American cities? It is filthy and expensive but so is Chicago, San Diego, and DC. If you're serious about a career in finance, New York is definitely where the action is.
The below video shows the expectatons vs reality of life in New York.
I've been in NY 5 years now after going to school in LA and then spending 2 years in Chicago. When moving to Manhattan you can find a $1200-$1500 apartment in a nice area so long as you're willing to have a roommate. You're going to grocery shop and pick your spots when to go out happy hour spots. A year or two of that and you should be making enough money in finance to move up to a nicer building where you're gonna pay $2500+ a month. You won't find NY to be that dirty if you choose a decent area. UWS, UES, Tribeca, Battery Park, West Village are all about as clean as a you-name-it next tier city. That said NY is definitely overpriced, yet there's just not enough land in Manhattan to justify a fall in prices (needless to say how many more people rent now compared to when everyone was buying when I moved here). You can get just about anywhere in the city in 30-minutes for $2.25.
Career opportunities in finance are incomparable to other cities. People essentially rotate into various sectors and take a step up when need be, the chance to be discovered, recruited, and promoted in the industry are significantly higher than in other cities. In Boston, Philly, Chi, LA etc. you're much more locked into whatever job you've chosen - especially post-crash era.
The places I'd avoid like the plague to call home: 14th, 23rd, Murray Hill. Otherwise, NY is fine.
How To Make The Most Of Living In New York
Many of those struggling with New York are fresh out of college and have never lived in a city before. Also, when you're working 70 plus hours a week, you're not getting out to truly enjoy a place but if you take the time to really explore, you'd probably be surprised by what you find. It's going to take at least a couple years, if not more, to find your niche in any city. To finds the goods, you have to be willing to explore and step out of your financial world bubble.
I grew up in New York City (actually within the 5 boroughs, unlike every person in the world who says they are from NYC but is really from a strong island or Westchester/New Jersey. Not to pick on Wonderwoman above, but I'd be willing to bet today's paycheck that by "native new yorker" he/she means Westchester), and totally agree it's not for everybody. Its stressful as hell, and definitely smells like shit. But it is what it is. It's the capital of the world. You can literally do anything in this city. Everything is here.
Anyone who says "the neighborhoods are crap" sounds like a tourist asking why they only have Applebees and TGI Fridays in NYC. That isn't an opinion, that's just ignorance. Anyone who hasn't ever stepped foot into park slope or Brooklyn Heights or the older parts of Tribeca and West Village have no clue what NYC is about. Calling "Midtown" New York City is just plain stupid. Midtown is the worst place in the entire world. That's why no actual New Yorker does anything there except go into their office. And maybe is it possible that because most people here are 23-year-olds who have no connection to the city they might be skewed on the type of city it is? Shit, if all I saw was Murray Hill, I would hate this town too. Once you actually live somewhere and explore it you find the cool places. That's what happens when you live somewhere. I lived in London for a year and found the places I love early because I was willing to explore. That means walking around a ton and getting lost, and eventually finding the awesome random places that make a city home. I suggest you do the same.
So this weekend, instead of getting bombed at Mercury Bar, get a drink at Maialino, walk around Gramercy, go to sleep, then get up and walk on Greenwich St. below canal and see a cool part of NYC. That walk is one of the hundreds of cool parts of NYC. Just breathe in the old warehouse architecture, and see how actual new yorkers live.
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