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Old 04-05-2007, 04:35 PM
 
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I am a soon-to be college grad, and am trying to decide between living in NYC or Boston. Particuarily, I was wondering about cost of living. What can I expect to pay for a 1-2 bedroom apartment in each city? Are utlities, groceries, insurance, etc. that much different? I would really like to save some money starting out, but I have heard this is near impossible in New York on around 50-55K. Suggestions?
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Old 04-05-2007, 05:45 PM
 
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Boston is outrageously expensive and it's boring- a provincial, conservative town.

New York is outrageously expensive and it's 24/7 energy- the capital of the world.

I'll say this much to help with your decision.
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Old 04-05-2007, 06:56 PM
 
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my experience has been that you get more for your money in boston than in nyc.
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Old 04-05-2007, 07:07 PM
 
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New York has more bustle, but there is nothing wrong with Boston. It may be less expensive but probably not by much if you live in the City or even Cambridge.
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Old 04-05-2007, 09:14 PM
 
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ontheroad, I disagree with you. Who says there's "nothing wrong" with Boston (other than yourself, that is)?

Boston kind of dies after five when the people flee to the suburbs and definitely dies after 10 pm. Not that it doesn't have its party areas, but in general it is a quieter place.

Boston is and will always be a conservative town, more suited for the elderly and traditionally-minded than for young folks. To mention the arts which is my field, you can hardly get a good contemporary show there because all the people want is 18th-century-style statues and paintings! Maybe for my grandma, but I won't go for that.

And the same goes for architecture, minds and ideas (check that sad Boston skyline).

Boston's crime rate keeps going up. They've got a problem.

Personally, if I'm going to pay big buck for living, I'd rather do it in the greatest city on earth. I'll be safer, I'll be more entertained, I'll have more stuff to do. And I'll feel the pride of living in New York.
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Old 04-05-2007, 09:18 PM
 
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I must have been traveling with a fast crowd!

We ate late, partied long, had good times and learned lots.

But, to each his/her own and I know you are NYC's biggest fan!


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ontheroad, I disagree with you. Who says there's "nothing wrong" with Boston (other than yourself, that is)?

Boston kind of dies after five when the people flee to the suburbs and definitely dies after 10 pm. Not that it doesn't have its party areas, but in general it is a quieter place.

Boston is and will always be a conservative town, more suited for the elderly and traditionally-minded than for young folks. To mention the arts which is my field, you can hardly get a good contemporary show there because all the people want is 18th-century-style statues and paintings! Maybe for my grandma, but I won't go for that.

And the same goes for architecture, minds and ideas (check that sad Boston skyline).

Boston's crime rate keeps going up. They've got a problem.

Personally, if I'm going to pay big buck for living, I'd rather do it in the greatest city on earth. I'll be safer, I'll be more entertained, I'll have more stuff to do. And I'll feel the pride of living in New York.
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Old 04-06-2007, 01:51 AM
 
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you can afford new york on 50 thousand may a one bedroom but you have to get lucky and not try to own a car or party every night you have to be smart with your money try apartments.com they can show you quite a few places that are about a thousand and change for rent mainly in outer boros such as the bronx brooklyn and queens o yeah staten island 2 lol its really worth looking into
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Old 04-06-2007, 05:49 AM
 
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I also disagree that Boston is for the older person. There are more young people in Boston, proportionally, than almost anywhere else because of the HUGE number of institutions of higher learning in the city. Much as I love New York, I also think Boston's a great place.

Having said that, I don't believe there's much difference in living costs between the two. But the winters in Boston are worse than they are in NYC.
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Old 04-06-2007, 01:02 PM
 
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ontheroad, I disagree with you. Who says there's "nothing wrong" with Boston (other than yourself, that is)?

Boston kind of dies after five when the people flee to the suburbs and definitely dies after 10 pm. Not that it doesn't have its party areas, but in general it is a quieter place.

Boston is and will always be a conservative town, more suited for the elderly and traditionally-minded than for young folks. To mention the arts which is my field, you can hardly get a good contemporary show there because all the people want is 18th-century-style statues and paintings! Maybe for my grandma, but I won't go for that.

And the same goes for architecture, minds and ideas (check that sad Boston skyline).

Boston's crime rate keeps going up. They've got a problem.

Personally, if I'm going to pay big buck for living, I'd rather do it in the greatest city on earth. I'll be safer, I'll be more entertained, I'll have more stuff to do. And I'll feel the pride of living in New York.
LOL which Boston have you been to? Boston has to be one of the "youngest" major cities I've ever been in.
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Old 04-06-2007, 02:59 PM
 
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LOL which Boston have you been to? Boston has to be one of the "youngest" major cities I've ever been in.
I see the New York vs. Boston thing is still alive and well. As far as old people live in Boston......?????????? Did you ever live in Boston or spend a good deal of time there or is this just more of the usual.? Try Cambridge or Somerville or the Back Bay or the North End or............for starters. Good luck.
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