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Old 07-29-2014, 06:00 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Underrated - another vote for Portland, Maine. Great downtown, lots of historic charm, beautiful ocean scenery on the outskirts. If I ever moved back to New England it would be on my short list.
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Old 07-29-2014, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA/London, UK
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Underrated - another vote for Portland, Maine. Great downtown, lots of historic charm, beautiful ocean scenery on the outskirts. If I ever moved back to New England it would be on my short list.
Might as well add on another vote for Portland. Always try to make time to spend a couple weekends there each year. Everything you said, plus a local food scene that rivals cities 10+ times its size. Very walkable as well.
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Old 07-29-2014, 06:53 PM
 
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Overrated: Boston?
Underrated: Pittsburgh
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Old 07-29-2014, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Overrated: Boston?
Underrated: Pittsburgh
Why is Boston overrated?
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Old 07-29-2014, 07:50 PM
 
Location: alexandria, VA
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I like Portland too. So maybe it isn't so underrated. Anyhoo, I don't want to pick an overrated town for fear of stepping on some homer's toes and starting something. But for underrated I've always thought that Pittsburgh punches above its' weight.
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:11 PM
 
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Hey H, I have some parks that I think you'll probably like once you travel up to New York again. If you haven't visited them that is.

Prospect Park in Brooklyn (it's a very eclectic and colorful park that most BK residents consider it superior to Central Park).

Van Cortlandt Park in The Bronx.

Pelham Bay Park in The Bronx (a fairly wild park like RCP in DC. You'll see wildlife that you would never have thought existed in NYC).

Flushing Meadows in Queens.

Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan (Careful after dark, long-timers claim that one can still come across cat-sized rats there, there might be a nest somewhere in the vicinity).

Riverside Park (a more popular alternative for Uptown residents over tourist-heavy Central Park, however, you'll have locals in the northern parts of CP).

The High Line in Manhattan (it straddles the Meatpacking District and Chelsea neighborhoods).

City Island in The Bronx.

Bronx Park (where the BX Zoo and Botantical Gardens are).

You'll find some pretty good greenery options when you go back up there and I might be missing a few more, but those are some of the alternatives to Central Park that locals will entice you with. Hope that helps
Even Central Park has some extremely deserted areas that make you feel like you're in the middle of the woods with no one around rather than the middle of a park in the country's most populated city. There's the Ramble and the Ravine. If you google them they show up as part of Central Park's official website. The sounds of the city are silenced and it is quite easy to get lost within these areas of the park.

The High Line is very cool.
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:47 PM
 
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Overrated: Miami and Orlando
Underrated: Jacksonville
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Old 07-30-2014, 08:16 AM
 
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Overrated: NYC, I'm from this area and it's fun if you're a millennial with no job prospects living rent controlled and fun if you work for a company like a "Banking" institution located in Manhattan. It's not really fun if you make average to above average pay only to watch it being drained by the cost of living. I liked NYC better in 90s personally. I'ts too commercial and corporate bottom line driven now. It used to be that Lineman or cable splicer that worked for ConED could afford to live in the city. If there were power outages in the city he didn't need to ride the LIRR for 40 minutes to "serve" Manhattanites.


Underrated: DC and Philly. Not to say it compares to NYC but the atmosphere in NYC "can be had" in these areas IMO.

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Old 07-30-2014, 09:11 AM
 
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Why is Boston overrated?
The expense of Boston, for what you get in return, can make Boston seem "overrated"..
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Old 07-30-2014, 09:14 AM
 
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Overrated: DC
Underrated: Phoenix
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