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Old 08-04-2010, 07:48 PM
 
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I'm from Boston and I always thought I wanted to live in NYC. Problem is I don't really think I jive well with the super-yuppies, ultra-hipsters and A-types, even though I enjoy living in an Urban setting and not having to drive to absolutely everything I do. I'm not big into hardcore consumer culture so I feel like I'd be out of place in NYC.

How does SF compare to this? I know it is an expensive city but are there low-key areas?

I assume Portland and Seattle are much more low-key and might be toward my liking if I want to leave Boston. True?

I should also mention I am a electrical engineer and general geek so which city is best for that?
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Old 08-04-2010, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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New York City is massive, people of literally every background can be found there.

It would be the best city out of those for you.

San Francisco is a great city, natural scenery + urban setting = nearly hard to beat. Diversity, large amenities, & multiple options. Try some of the areas near East Bay.
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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I'm from Boston and I always thought I wanted to live in NYC. Problem is I don't really think I jive well with the super-yuppies, ultra-hipsters and A-types, even though I enjoy living in an Urban setting and not having to drive to absolutely everything I do. I'm not big into hardcore consumer culture so I feel like I'd be out of place in NYC.
you have a very narrow view of NYC
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:30 PM
 
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nyc is more than the rich areas of manhattan.
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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nyc is more than the rich areas of manhattan.
exactly!
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:49 AM
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Location: Queens, NY
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*facepalm*

please don't come to ny with that mindset.
please take the time to learn more about ny and nyers before bringing that narrow vision of what and who we are.

i'd say that the ppl that think like the OP that come here end up perpetuating the stereotype that has ppl on CD believing that all of us are like that.
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:19 AM
 
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*facepalm*

please don't come to ny with that mindset.
please take the time to learn more about ny and nyers before bringing that narrow vision of what and who we are.

i'd say that the ppl that think like the OP that come here end up perpetuating the stereotype that has ppl on CD believing that all of us are like that.
Yeah you can find the same crowd in DC/SF/Chicago/Boston/etc quite easily... NYC is just much bigger, so it has more of "those types" definitely, but it also has more of "every other type"...There are plenty of neighborhoods in SF or Chicago I would not want to live in just b/c of similar reasons as your post... It is certainly not an NYC phenomena

any successful city with lots of money is going to have this crowd. OP when you are looking at big cities you really have to look down to the neighborhood levels, there are over 200K people just on the upper east side. There are over 100k people in Harlem, there are over 100k people in Chinatown and on down the line. These are definitely different types of demographics, and that is just in Manhattan, there are 4 other boroughs, with Brooklyn and Queens both having even more in population.
Whatever type of urban setting you are looking for, I'm sure you can find it there. You might have to do some research, but it can be done.

Are you actually living IN Boston? Or in the burbs somewhere, b/c Boston has different hoods like that as well.

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Old 08-05-2010, 09:36 AM
 
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I'm from Boston and I always thought I wanted to live in NYC. Problem is I don't really think I jive well with the super-yuppies, ultra-hipsters and A-types, even though I enjoy living in an Urban setting and not having to drive to absolutely everything I do. I'm not big into hardcore consumer culture so I feel like I'd be out of place in NYC.
Try considering one of the outer neighborhoods of Brooklyn or Queens. I spent a weekend in Bay Ridge recently, and felt right at home. I'm a lifelong Bostonian btw.
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:44 AM
 
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Quite honestly, i'd rather live in NYC over San Francisco or Boston.

Portland can't match those cities, so its completely out of the question.
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Old 08-05-2010, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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I'm from Boston and I always thought I wanted to live in NYC. Problem is I don't really think I jive well with the super-yuppies, ultra-hipsters and A-types, even though I enjoy living in an Urban setting and not having to drive to absolutely everything I do. I'm not big into hardcore consumer culture so I feel like I'd be out of place in NYC.

How does SF compare to this? I know it is an expensive city but are there low-key areas?

I assume Portland and Seattle are much more low-key and might be toward my liking if I want to leave Boston. True?

I should also mention I am a electrical engineer and general geek so which city is best for that?
New York City, Seattle, & San Francisco will have a strong market for your field of work. New York City & San Francisco having the best of it to be exact.

New York City might have yuppies, but they aren't in the entire city, they probably don't even compromise more than 2% of the total population, with a city as diverse and cosmopolitan as New York City you wont have a problem with people much.

If I were to pick between all cities mentioned on terms of living it would go in this order: (with employment base in mind when making decision)

New York City = San Francisco > Seattle > Portland > Boston

For cities that I would prefer living in with a comfortable atmosphere if employment opportunities were taken out:

New York City (Manhattan) = San Francisco = Seattle > Portland >>> Boston.
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