A question I get a lot (mostly from uber drivers) is New York or Los Angeles?
I’m only 21 but I’ve had the opportunity to live in both cities. Long story short, I grew up in New York but not in the city, went to college in LA, and moved to NYC after I graduated.
LA is a really cool place and I’m so happy I got a chance to spend a little section of my life there. I attended FIDM in DTLA and lived in 3 different apartments (not on campus) during my 2 years there. All of the apartments were amazing and more spacious than any NY apartment I’ve ever seen. The last one that I lived was a 2 bedroom and the building felt like a hotel with 2 pools, a gym, tanning beds, rooftops, and fountains throughout the property all for the price of a 1 bedroom here. It was basically the complete opposite of where I live now.
After graduation in 2015, I moved to NY! And after about a year and a half living here, it’s safe to say I’m just as in love with this city as I was when I first came. NYC is the perfect place for me right now and I’m in love with it. I don’t live in a 2 bedroom with pools and rooftops but the city itself makes up for it.
I love the subway and how easy it is to get from one place to another. Every day I’m surrounded by all different types people with different backgrounds, occupations, etc. There are kids on their way to school, lawyers, doctors, dancers swinging on the poles, homeless people, magazine editors.. basically every type of person you can think of. The music people play in the stations in incredible and it’s amazing how much talent is out there. The stories that the homeless people announce on the train break my heart every time, but it’s really eye opening to what other people are going through. Besides the people, I can get from the Upper East Side to Union Square in like 15 minutes, and I share my morning commute with millions of people which is pretty cool.
New York is like a million different cities in one. If you walk 1 block out of SoHo and closer to Chinatown you’re in a completely different world. And if you walk a block over from Chinatown you’re suddenly in the streets of Little Italy. When you’re rowing in the boats at the Central Park Boathouse it’s hard to believe you’re in the middle of a city. Then you have Times Square just a few subway stops away which couldn’t feel more congested if it tried. Every corner of the city has its own character, but it’s all so connected so you can do a million different things in one day.
While the weather is not the greatest in the middle of winter, I think having seasons is a lot better than 70 degrees all year long. It’s kind of a personal thing and helps time makes more sense. Nothing really beats the first warm day of the year when the restaurants open up tables outside and everyone runs around Washington Square Park.
The city has a certain energy that is really motivating and sometimes hard to keep up with. To be 21 and live here has really whipped me into shape and inspires me to get shit done every day. People say New Yorkers are rude, but we’re really just probably rushing somewhere! I’ve met some of the nicest people here. No one really cares who you are or how many Instagram followers you have, it’s all about hustling for what you want.
I love the history that New York has held onto. The museums alone could keep you busy for days. Old buildings and architecture can make you feel like you’re on a movie set.
The food options are endless at any times of the day which is a dangerous plus.
Overall, I love NY because of it’s diversity. The different areas, people, art, places, restaurants and things to do are so inspiring and make NY so unique. It has opened my eyes to so much and has shaped me into who I am at the same time.
Of course, there are some negatives as there are with anything, but the pros definitely way out the cons for me. I wake up every morning and am so thankful I live here. There’s something about NY that LA could just never compare to.
If you don’t know which city is right for you, give them both a shot. Sublet or move to one for school. You never really know until you give it a chance for yourself.