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View Poll Results: Which city is more fun and better to live in? Chicago, Illinois or New York City, New York?
Chicago, Illinois 35 37.63%
New York City, New York 58 62.37%
Voters: 93. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-23-2015, 08:46 PM
 
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Not true. Why do outsiders always say this about NYC? Is it to rationalize living in Bumblefunk, Arkansas or something?

The only thing more expensive in NYC is real estate. Everything else costs the same as everywhere else in the U.S. You really think an apple or blue jeans or a bike or a shovel have varying prices based on locality? It's all the same currency. Home Depot or Macys or Target don't vary their prices by location.
No, things are more expensive. Taxes are higher than in most places. Food/groceries are certainly more expensive. Sure, something like an iPod or pair of Levi's is the same nationally. Also gas.
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Old 04-23-2015, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Chicago does not have the second best system in the U.S. That would be DC.

Chicago has a top five transit system in the U.S., but it doesn't matter. The difference in transit quality between #1 and #2 is bigger than the difference in transit quality between #2 and #100.
The 2nd best transit system is Philadelphia. Chicago maybe #4. New York is better than Chicago because it's growing and not stagnating and you have more options and connections to big names, if you're looking to advance your career. Plus, New York is less than 100 miles from America's finest city and cultural Mecca.
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Old 04-23-2015, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Miami Beach, FL/Tokyo, Japan
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No, things are more expensive. Taxes are higher than in most places. Food/groceries are certainly more expensive. Sure, something like an iPod or pair of Levi's is the same nationally. Also gas.
Gas is one of the few things that isn't the same nationally.

Groceries, eh, they're about the same.
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Old 04-23-2015, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Not every place in NYC is Manhattan, I wouldn't consider Brooklyn expensive if you're a renter, and the rest of the boroughs are even cheaper than Brooklyn.

But ofc transplants don't move to NYC to end up living in Queens or god forbid, Staten Island. They do it to live in Manhattan or at the very least Brooklyn, so many live beyond their means for a short time and then move back to wherever they came from and get to say they lived in NYC.

Personally, I would never rent anymore. I buy, and then when finished, I sell, usually to a big profit. That's a way of safeguarding your wealth even if you move around a lot. If you buy in high demand areas, like Manhattan, selling will never be a problem.
Brooklyn and Queens are expensive.






Even to buy


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Old 04-24-2015, 12:33 AM
 
Location: CA, NC, and currently FL
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Affordability?

Chicago hands down not even close.

Whats the point of NYC if the vast majority don't have access to most offerings/can't afford it?

Its the perfect example of this work-obsessed American culture. 70 hour work weeks just to make rent! But I live in NYC, so its totally worth it!
I love it when people post as if Chicago is cheap, it's quite funny.

It's like calling a 350 pound dude skinny because a 400 pound dude is more fat.

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Old 04-24-2015, 12:48 AM
 
Location: CA, NC, and currently FL
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Not every place in NYC is Manhattan, I wouldn't consider Brooklyn expensive if you're a renter, and the rest of the boroughs are even cheaper than Brooklyn.

But ofc transplants don't move to NYC to end up living in Queens or god forbid, Staten Island. They do it to live in Manhattan or at the very least Brooklyn, so many live beyond their means for a short time and then move back to wherever they came from and get to say they lived in NYC.

Personally, I would never rent anymore. I buy, and then when finished, I sell, usually to a big profit. That's a way of safeguarding your wealth even if you move around a lot. If you buy in high demand areas, like Manhattan, selling will never be a problem.
That isn't even close to being true. There are lots of Asians who would probably only live in Queens.
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Old 04-24-2015, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Randolph, MA
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That isn't even close to being true. There are lots of Asians who would probably only live in Queens.
Not only Asians! I would move to Queens too. It's probably my favorite borough.
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Miami Beach, FL/Tokyo, Japan
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Brooklyn and Queens are expensive.
I thought Manhattan was more expensive for some reason, but 3-4k a month for a 1-bedroom is doable for everyone with a normal job. So I stand corrected.

Also half a mil for a home is expensive? Since when? Most middle class people can afford that.
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:46 AM
 
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That isn't even close to being true. There are lots of Asians who would probably only live in Queens.
And much of western Queens is full of yuppie transplants. Long Island City, Astoria, Sunnyside and the like have basically the same demographics as Manhattan or Brownstone Brooklyn.
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:48 AM
 
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Whats the point of NYC if the vast majority don't have access to most offerings/can't afford it?
That's true in any city. What's the point of "enter any random city" if most people can't access the best of their respective cities? It isn't like the average person in Omaha can access the best of Omaha either.
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