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View Poll Results: Which city or cities most closely resembles the urban feel of NYC?
Boston 24 16.22%
Chicago 78 52.70%
Philadelphia 48 32.43%
San Francisco 53 35.81%
LA 9 6.08%
DC 10 6.76%
Other 12 8.11%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 148. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-28-2009, 08:49 PM
 
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My top four would be Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco (not necessary in that order.) LA and DC would receive honorable mentions.

I don’t know that I could really rank them, it seems like they resemble NYC in different ways.


Here are my 4 contenders:

Boston:
How it is like New York: a mini-NYC. Expensive, gentrified, urban east coast culture, reputation for snobbery/elitism. Mix of cosmopolitan elites in its core and working class, with unique accent, in surrounding neighborhoods. Big sports city. Physically, there is some resemblance. Harbor front downtown. Expensive CBD office market. Boston Commons: Central Park. North End: Little Italy. The Back Bay/ Financial District divide similar to Midtown/FD divide. The priced out take refuge across the river: Cambridge/Somerville: Brooklyn/Queens. Martha’s Vineyards: Hamptons.
How it is not like NYC: smaller than the other NYC-ish cities, not as much of a “skyscraper city.” more of a European flavor. More parochial and stolid. Although Boston has held up better than other Northern cities, it can seem stuck in the past.

Philadelphia:
How it is like New York: The 6th borough. Geographically the closest. Similar East Coast culture, and architecture. Smaller, less gentrified version of NYC. People can be rude and always in a hurry. Walnut Street/Rittenhouse Square has a Midtown NYC feel. Iconic bridges, Philly Skyline bears resemblance to Midtown. Center City surrounded by rivers on two sides, with Jersey on other side. Large arts scene. Old City/SoHo, South Philly/Brooklyn, NoLib/W'burg, Camden/Newark.
How it is not like NYC: less international and cosmopolitan; more blue collar, the least gentrified of the NYC-ish cities,still losing population and seems like it future is up in the air. It could fix itself up into the next Chicago or collapse into the next Detroit.

Chicago:
How it is like New York: The largest of the 4. World class skyline, the US’s other major skyscraper city. Iconic “big city” that define the very essence of American city, think Chicago and prohibition. The City is huge, physically and in terms of population. At ground level, CBDs look like Manhattan. Large immigrant hub. Major financial/ arts center.
How it is not like NYC: Midwestern feel. Doesn’t have the super-dense midrise neighborhoods (i.e. North End in Boston, Tenderloin in SF.) Not as international as NYC/SF. Lacks coastal elitism and expense of SF, Bos, NYC. People seem more down to earth.

San Francisco:
How it is like New York: NYC of the West. The 2nd densest major American city. Major world tourist destination. Vibrant. Surrounded by water on 3 sides. Residents think they live in the greatest city in the world. Expensive, gentrified. The very name conjures up images of urban, wealthly, elite. Harbor front Downtown, Iconic bridges, FiDi looks like NYC's FiDi. Culturally significant: beatniks, hippies, and bloggers. Diverse, cosmopolitan population. World famous neighborhoods: Haight-Ashburry, Castro, Chinatown. Oakland/Berkeley : Queens/Brooklyn.
How it is not like NYC: much smaller scale,Mediterranean climate/ architecture, blue collar not as prevalent.


LA:
How it is like New York: Massive population, center of pop culture. Loaded with rich and famous, glamorous. Immigrant hub. Draws people from all over looking to make it big.
How it is not like NYC:Not a traditional city,suburban layout, civic life doesn’t revolve around the core.

DC:
How it is like New York: center of global power, full of ambitious and power-driven. City thinks the world revolves around it. Massive, expensive CBD. Expensive. Well educated, cosmopolitan population. Extensive mass transit. Some dense urban areas.
How it is not like NYC: Although dense for an American city, IMO it doesn’t have the same level of urbanism as the main 4. It came of age in post-WWII, as result it is more suburban. The urban core is smaller. Downtown shuts down on the weekends, with some exceptions. No major downtown shopping area. Most immigrant enclaves are in the 'burbs. Although the population is similar to Boston; Bos is smaller in area, plus it has a number of urban suburbs that are denser than DC proper.

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Old 06-28-2009, 08:50 PM
 
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Parts of Las Vegas felt more similar to NYC than any other city I've been to.
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:54 PM
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Hopefully none of them.
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:01 PM
 
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I don't think people in DC think the world revolves around them, but Boston or Philadelphia perhaps?
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Parts of Las Vegas felt more similar to NYC than any other city I've been to.
What the hell?? No part of Las Vegas looks anything like NYC. Lets try stepping away from the strip before you make statements like that lol
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:07 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Philadelphia definitely
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:51 PM
 
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I think San Francisco, for many of the reasons you describe. There's the density, water, wealthy elite, diverse, etc.

And just one quibble with your descriptions, which overall I find very accurate: I wouldn't say LA has a "suburban" layout, although I agree that it's not a traditional layout.
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:53 PM
 
Location: On the Great South Bay
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I voted for San Francisco because of its density and walkability. Also a decent skyline and an attention to parks like New York. But honestly I can see any of the TOP FOUR CHOICES as a GOOD CHOICE.

For instance the people of both Philadelphia and Boston remind of New York which is not surprising because they are both in the NE. I would lean toward Philadelphia (they are a little odd in Boston!) but as you point out its much more blue collar then New York or Boston.

The skyline of Chicago also reminds me alot of New York --- so much so that I often put these two cities on the same level when comparing skylines. But Philadelphia also has a nice but smaller skyline. Still for me, its Chicago and NYC on the top level and then everyone else.
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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What the hell?? No part of Las Vegas looks anything like NYC. Lets try stepping away from the strip before you make statements like that lol

I don't mean looking similar to NYC. I mean the overall feel of the strip and downtown Las Vegas. It has a similar vibe.
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Old 06-28-2009, 10:39 PM
 
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What the hell?? No part of Las Vegas looks anything like NYC. Lets try stepping away from the strip before you make statements like that lol
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