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San Francisco 17 41.46%
NYC 24 58.54%
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Old 06-05-2012, 01:12 PM
 
Location: 59N
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Definitely New York City. It is large, diverse, got great shopping and art museums. Manhattan also feels rather safe. The closer promixity to Europe is also a great plus.

San Francisco is rather small, got way too many homeless people, is chilly and foggy in the summer. I do not find the city that pictouresque either.
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:48 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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san francisco is beautiful. the most beautiful us city i've seen. but there are many things that i don't like about it:

it's small. the entire bay area has less people than nyc much less just san francisco-oakland (the only parts that feel like urban cities instead suburban sprawl). NYC just has more variety and feels more at the center of the world (more important things go down there).

the weather. strangely everyone talks up the weather in san francisco and puts down the weather in NYC. but as a native to LA i find the weather in san francisco to be chilly year around. yes, they avoid a winter but they avoid a summer too and i love summers. Winters in NYC are cold but not too long, their falls are gorgeous (especially in central park), as well as their springs, and I love the nice balmy summers. In San Francisco other than september/october it's just too chilly.
After LA, anything would seem chilly, except tropical jungles.

I was surprised the last time I was in S.F. a couple of years ago. There used to be homeless everywhere downtown during the day, but on my last visit there were none. I couldn't believe it. I think it was Gavin Newsom who was mayor after Willie Brown--somehow he solved the homeless problem. I don't know how long his solution lasted, but he proved it's do-able.

Mr. LA, if you think S.F. is chilly, try NYC in winter. Bring your fur jacket.
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Old 06-05-2012, 11:55 PM
 
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The two most culturally significant cities in the US, and IMO the two best. Population difference is massive, and makes them incomparable.
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:27 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Is this thread aimed at non-Americans? If not why isn't it in the city vs city forum?

Anyway, as an Australian, New York has always held a fascination for me: I think the fact you see it in so many movies.etc makes you feel so familiar with it, as if you've already been there (and in a way, you have). SF is a beautiful, picturesque city with an interesting history, but it's pretty hard to top NYC.

I've been to many great cities around the world but NYC still tops 'em off. The original and the best. The 'big city feel' in NY seems to go on forever, there are so many great places to see and explore in Manhattan and the boroughs it's crazy.
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Old 06-06-2012, 07:34 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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After LA, anything would seem chilly, except tropical jungles.

I was surprised the last time I was in S.F. a couple of years ago. There used to be homeless everywhere downtown during the day, but on my last visit there were none. I couldn't believe it. I think it was Gavin Newsom who was mayor after Willie Brown--somehow he solved the homeless problem. I don't know how long his solution lasted, but he proved it's do-able.

Mr. LA, if you think S.F. is chilly, try NYC in winter. Bring your fur jacket.
LA isn't all that hot actually. When I first visited in June of last year, it was actually rather coolish, it reminded me a lot of home (Perth, WA) but was even less seasonal.

The heat and humidity a month later in NYC was far more oppressive (both in absolute temperatures and humidity), especially down in the subways.
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:01 AM
 
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San Francisco is more beautiful that NYC. But NYC is much more diverse with more opportunities in every aspect of life than San Francisco.
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:05 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I lived in both, and much preferred living in NYC by large margins.

Significantly more job opportunities and consistently higher wages, more 24 hours, better nightlife, more energy, on and on.
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:42 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I lived in both, and much preferred living in NYC by large margins.

Significantly more job opportunities and consistently higher wages, more 24 hours, better nightlife, more energy, on and on.
I think the only reason New York City and San Francisco sometimes get "compared" is because of San Francisco's name recognition.

This perception is unfair because New York City is so many times greater than San Francisco in both scale and magnitude. Those of us who've done a little research know that San Francisco is much more comparable to cities like Washington D.C., Boston and Philadelphia on the east coast.
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:16 AM
 
Location: The Present
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I've experienced both, grew up in/around one of them (NYC) and although I voted for nyc, I love both cities.

SF is really one of the only other places that I could see myself living long term aside from New York. I love the weather and the people out in the bay area. I'm not really a fan of San Jose but there are lots of small towns around SF that remind me of towns/cities you'd find in the NYC metro.
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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I think the only reason New York City and San Francisco sometimes get "compared" is because of San Francisco's name recognition.

This perception is unfair because New York City is so many times greater than San Francisco in both scale and magnitude. Those of us who've done a little research know that San Francisco is much more comparable to cities like Washington D.C., Boston and Philadelphia on the east coast.
For a city of its size, San Francisco has a lot of influence. Conversely, how often do you ever hear San Diego mentioned or compared to anywhere despite being larger than San Fran and Boston and similar in size to Philly and Houston?
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