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Old 05-29-2010, 04:23 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I guess it would be difficult to launch certain art/fashion-related careers in "middle America." And, if you came here for college or grad school, it must be tough to leave.

How did your families react to your desire to move to NY? When I wanted to move away from home no one else was -- especially young women -- people in my family thought it could only lead to a girl getting into trouble. Anyway, that was 25 years ago and things have changed for the better. You all are very fortunate to have options. I only hope that the kids that grow up in NYC today realize what they're up against and understand that they may have to step up their game in order to compete. IMO, newcomers have the advantage because they're so very hungry.
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Old 05-30-2010, 04:20 PM
 
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I want the career opportunities in corporate finance and later on I-banking. I love the faster pace of the city, the diversity in just about everything, its international connections, the activities that are easily available to the public, the education, culture, architecture, public transportation, and the close proximity to other NE and east coast cities. If I decide to quit NYC my second option would be DC. But I don't think that will happen.
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Old 05-31-2010, 01:14 AM
 
Location: New York City
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I enjoy reading the posts from the young people hoping to move to NYC. I wish you all the best and I enjoy sharing what I know to assist.

As a native NYer, I never considered living here a big deal, though ...

I left NYC at age 22 because I hated living with my folks but couldn't afford my own place, didn't want roommates (been there, did that in college), couldn't move in with a boyfriend to share costs (conservative parents) and there were plenty of job opportunities out of state, where the cost of living was nice and cheap. I established myself in a career and returned at age 26 and have lived here ever since in some nice but neither "hipster" nor "trendy" neighborhoods, no more than 30 minutes from some hot part of town if I wanted to hang out.

Given all of the financial obstacles to be able to live in a safe, trendy/hipster neighborhood with good amenities (cafes, restaurants, shops, and a subway station), how can you afford it if you're 22 and starting out, and don't have parents with money?

Not judging anyone. I am just really very curious.

Also, if you're unable to "make it here" what's your second choice?
As stated before, I have been to NYC 3 times so far, and the most recent time, I spent over a month there. I love everything about the city, and have always "known" that it is my true home.

That, plus the fact that I absolutely hate with a venom California, and Los Angeles in particular, and want nothing more than to escape my family, is why I moved to NYC.

I do not want to be anywhere else, and I won't go anywhere else. This is it for me. There is no alternative choice.

As for affording things... yes, NYC is very expensive... but I'm sick of how people go on about it, as if getting a good apartment is harder than shaking the hand of God almighty himself... West Hollywood and San Francisco are also very expensive and rent is outrageous there as well, yet there are always people offering apartments, and people moving in them.

But given a choice between stinky West Hollywood and NYC, I'd take NYC anytime. And I'm 33, so I'm not in my twenties anymore.
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Old 05-31-2010, 03:52 AM
 
Location: Where the sun always shines
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As stated before, I have been to NYC 3 times so far, and the most recent time, I spent over a month there. I love everything about the city, and have always "known" that it is my true home.

That, plus the fact that I absolutely hate with a venom California, and Los Angeles in particular, and want nothing more than to escape my family, is why I moved to NYC.

I do not want to be anywhere else, and I won't go anywhere else. This is it for me. There is no alternative choice.

As for affording things... yes, NYC is very expensive... but I'm sick of how people go on about it, as if getting a good apartment is harder than shaking the hand of God almighty himself... West Hollywood and San Francisco are also very expensive and rent is outrageous there as well, yet there are always people offering apartments, and people moving in them.

But given a choice between stinky West Hollywood and NYC, I'd take NYC anytime. And I'm 33, so I'm not in my twenties anymore.
Sounds like me and u switched places. I personally could not live in NYC again unless my mom or dad were on their deathbed. But u really have to be in NYC more than a month b4 professing ur love for it. You may still love it eventually but it really takes some time grounding the pavement out there b4 u are sure that u love it.
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Old 05-31-2010, 05:28 AM
 
Location: New York City
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Well, I know that I love it... trust me. But aye, like you with NYC, I'd only ever go back to L.A. if my folks were dying, and even then, I'd make it as short a trip as possible. I truly hate that place. But some people like it, and some people hate NYC... different tastes for different people, I guess.
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Pkwy (da Bronx)
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I am relocating to NYC--again (ai yai yai)--because every time I try to live somewhere else the journey always points me back to the fact that my career can grow and I can grow best in NYC. I am more free to be myself and do what I love in NYC. I love my work there as a professor of English, Literature, Poetry, Speech, and the Humanities; and as a poet/performer. I have also come to realize once again that as long as I am doing what I love and what is needed in the community, the money most definitely follows; as does the friendship, comradery, and community I will never again take for granted. I also love the cultural life in NYC--the poetry/music scene, theatre, opera (depending), film, restaurants, cafes, Washington Square Park, etc. Dang, I feel like Dorothy in The Wiz. It's been a very interesting adventure, lots of great lessons learned on road, but it's time to come on back home.
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Old 05-31-2010, 09:31 AM
 
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I live in a studio apt. on Sullivan St. between Bleeker and West 3rd street.
I'm rent stabilized so thats why I stay. Some of these NYU kids move into my building and pay $2200 a month to live here.
....in the same exact size apt. as mine.
I don't understand it.
I know I'm 40 years old---so that's got a lot to do with my decision to purchase a house out of state.
For the same 800 dollar a month rent I pay for this shoebox, I now have a fairly large house with space.

Move to NYC? Why?
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Old 05-31-2010, 09:37 AM
 
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How did your families react to your desire to move to NY? When I wanted to move away from home no one else was -- especially young women -- people in my family thought it could only lead to a girl getting into trouble. Anyway, that was 25 years ago and things have changed for the better. You all are very fortunate to have options. I only hope that the kids that grow up in NYC today realize what they're up against and understand that they may have to step up their game in order to compete. IMO, newcomers have the advantage because they're so very hungry.
I had no emotional ties to where i have spent the past four years (kansas) and had no interest in going back to where I grew up (georgia), so I knew it would be somewhere else. Wound up being here.

I figure, I'm young, I'm willing to try anywhere for a little while. Who knows, I might hate new york and move in a year and try somewhere else. Of course, I'm very homesick right now (been here less than a week), so hopefully once that dissipates I will love the city a bit more.
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Old 05-31-2010, 09:45 AM
 
Location: UWS, NY, NY
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I'm a recent grad (Masters) and moved here with my wife. I wouldn't want to raise a family here, but we're really enjoying our time here while we can. We are both in our mid-20s are both fortunate to have >$100k jobs and no children, which doesn't go as far here as it would in other cities. However, the experiences and culture here though are beyond anything we've experienced in other big US cities (i.e. Chicago, DC).
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Old 05-31-2010, 06:38 PM
 
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I'm a recent grad (Masters) and moved here with my wife. I wouldn't want to raise a family here, but we're really enjoying our time here while we can. We are both in our mid-20s are both fortunate to have >$100k jobs and no children, which doesn't go as far here as it would in other cities. However, the experiences and culture here though are beyond anything we've experienced in other big US cities (i.e. Chicago, DC).
Why not raise a family in NYC? Because of the cost? Other than the cost I so no reason not to. My brother and I very much enjoyed our childhood there. As a matter of fact, when we moved to Florida our mother was trying to convince us we would like it much better because of the beaches, pools, weather, etc and we hated it. The schools down here are way behind the schools up there and even we could tell. Not only is the education better/more advanced, but it seems there is more encouragement/push to do better, succeed, go to a good college, etc.

Beaches and theme parks are fun in the beginning, but we missed ice skating, central park, snow, museums, etc. Plus everything is so different in NYC including the hospitals. I was seeing a specialist in NYC and when we tried to find a doctor in FL they told us those treatments were ineffective and no one down here does that. Well, I kept going to my doctor in NYC for 5 years after me moved and it was well worth it because it worked. Just saying you have the best of everything in NYC, which is why my husband and I are trying to move back and will likely raise our kids there when we have them.
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