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Old 06-26-2007, 07:00 PM
 
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Do you go out at least 5 days a week drinking at Bars, museums, shopping at Barney's and Century 21, at least one Broadway Show, Tavern on the Green, in order to justify living here?

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Old 06-26-2007, 08:41 PM
 
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Do you go out at least 5 days a week drinking at Bars, museums, shopping at Barney's and Century 21, at least one Broadway Show, Tavern on the Green, in order to justify living here?
Like, totally.
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Old 06-26-2007, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Bronx, New York
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Being a homeowner in this city does prevent you from going out 5 days a week. But you can go out from time to time, and experience the city that never sleeps.
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Old 06-26-2007, 10:47 PM
 
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I live in southern Brooklyn. To get to Manhattan or downtown Brooklyn, I have to budget at least an hour (or more) of travel each way. There isn't a whole lot to do in southern Brooklyn, although there are local restaurants, flea markets, and other neighborhood stuff.

When I was growing up my father had subscriptions to the NYC Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera. So I have enjoyed those, but they are not important enough for me now to spend the big bucks. I haven't been to a whole lot of Broadway plays, but I have enjoyed them when I have gone.

There is lots of stuff to do that is free or low-cost. There are off Broadway and off off Broadway shows, Shakespeare in the Park, the Botanical Gardens and of course Central Park. There is lots of outdoor stuff to do at city parks, presented by the Urban Park Rangers. There are walking tours and house tours. There is simply walking around and looking at the archecture. There is looking around and reading about the history. There is more free stuff to do than I can think of here.

You don't have to spend big bucks to take advantage of New York.

I love New York. Even if I move, I don't want to be too far away. I know I'll want to visit for my fix. And I'll feel secure that it will still be there for next time.
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Old 07-04-2007, 06:10 AM
 
Location: New York
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You don't have to spend big bucks to take advantage of New York.

I love New York. Even if I move, I don't want to be too far away. I know I'll want to visit for my fix. And I'll feel secure that it will still be there for next time.
Yes and no.

A day at the zoo is price of admission for two adults and a child, cost of subway, one and half hour travel time each way (since the trains do bizarre things on weekends), the price of a bag lunch, the price of other food since you can't possibly carry that much water or other snacks for a day outing.

It's hard for us to spend less than $50 when we go out, no matter how well we plan it.
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Old 07-04-2007, 06:19 AM
 
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We try and get to the park as much as possible. It's beautiful, it's free and my dog loves it. We walk - a LOT. That's something New Yorkers do. It's free, it's great exercise and there's a lot to look at (celebrity gawking, for instance - on one walk I saw Steve Martin AND Dustin Hoffman, not together). On weekends we often go to Chinatown for dim sum. I suppose I could go to the theater more often, but I don't. I go to museums frequently, however.

BTW, if you join the NY Zoological Society, for a nominal fee, all zoo entries are free for the whole family.
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Old 07-04-2007, 08:36 AM
 
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I just moved to Queens from Long Island. I have $400 in my pocket and will have to live with that until I start working August 30th. I'm using that money for entertainment and food, the rest is taken care of. I hardly go out because I'm just not the type to go out and spend lots of money. I would rather save it. I like staying home and spending time with friends anyway. So having that money last the rest of the summer isn't a big deal to me. I see the city of course, by walking around the neighborhood, sitting in a park, etc. Things that don't cost money.
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Old 07-04-2007, 08:59 AM
 
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Do you go out at least 5 days a week drinking at Bars, museums, shopping at Barney's and Century 21, at least one Broadway Show, Tavern on the Green, in order to justify living here?
Don't forget about season tickets to Yankee & Ranger games, going 'clubbing' every Friday & Saturday night and spending $$$$ on bottle service, spend $1,000 - $1,500 a year for one of the 'name' gyms like Crunch, Equinox, & NYSC & another $500 a month on personal training.

At course, if you actually work a regular job (and one that only pays about $80,000 - $100,000 a year), you find that there is more to life than entertainment marketed toward the sheeple of NYC who either must be extremely rich or not thinking of a future financial disaster from being probably $50,000 or more in CC from 'going out to bars 5 days a week'.

As a I said before & realized after growing up here, NYC is a wonderful place IF you are young (under 30) and / or wealthy & just concerns with trends & spending money but these days you need to be both.
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Old 07-04-2007, 10:03 AM
 
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I'm in my late 50s, and I STILL consider NY a great place to live.
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Old 07-04-2007, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Ummm a lot of people in my neighborhood drink 5 days a week, but thats because they're from Ireland.

I do have to admit to enjoying the $3/$3.50 beers at the local bars & pubs, but only on the weekends. These people drinking during the week are going a little bit overboard in my opinion.
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