The reasons why you shouldn’t move to New York City are cited more often than the reasons why you should start a new life in the Big Apple, and they are obvious: high living costs, the fast-paced environment, the long distances, and the insane traffic just to start with. The decision whether to move to NYC or not is on you entirely. Only you can decide if this place suits you, and just a marvelous visit there is not sufficient to make the move. However, there are more than 8 million people living there, so there must be some positive aspects about this megacity, such as:
Availability of services
Living in New York means that you have all kinds of services and facilities in walking distance or a short drive away (schools, hospitals, stores, museums, etc.) The problem is that when you want to reach a certain spot which is not in your neighborhood, the time spent on transportation can be immense.
In New York, diversity is not just a nice word to promote the idea that America is a melting pot. More than a third of the city’s residents come from other countries and you can hear around 800 foreign languages being spoken in New York. Here nobody will be surprised by an unusual accent.
Never feeling alone
If you enjoy the company of other people and getting lost in the crowds, you will never experience loneliness in New York. Just talking a walk in Manhattan can change your mood to better.
Lots of walking
Those who enjoy walking will love New York City. Even if you live in a central location, it will take you around 20 minutes to get to the subway station. The good thing about walking is not just keeping you fit, but also improving your mood and having a positive impact on creativity.
The unique character of each borough
Did you know that a long time ago New York’s boroughs used to be different cities? Even today you will feel like the Big Apple is more like a cluster of small towns, because each neighborhood has its own distinctive personality. In one city you have different cultures and characters, from Bronx’s Little Italy to Harlem and from Lower East side to Astoria.
There are countless job opportunities in New York, and whatever your field is, you are covered.
Never being hungry
As long as you have money or a credit card in your pocket, you will never starve in New York. Just walk on any street and you will soon find a restaurant or food place, or at least a food cart. New York also features a large number of ethnic restaurants, enabling you to enjoy authentic foods of different cultures.
There are always things to do
New York City is called the city that never sleeps, and for a good reason. No matter what day of the week or time of the day it is, you will find an open place and something interesting to do.
It is the center of the world for multiple fields
When it comes to finance, New York has Wall Street; for art it can boast with the Metropolitan Museum of Art; for spending time outdoors you can go to the famous Central Park; for the latest fashion items, take a walk on 5th Avenue. New Yorkers excel in a variety of fields and here you will often find “la crème de la crème”.
Discovering architectural treasures
When you live in New York, you can see some of the world’s most famous landmarks without leaving the city: The Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Terminal, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the list can continue for pages. Maybe you won’t spend every weekend touring, but you can have fast access to these wonders whenever you decide you want to feel like a tourist.
Are you tired with your section of the city? Then you can be in a completely different place in 30 to 60 minutes by taking the subway, the bus, a taxi, or by walking or riding CityBike. There is so much variety in New York that a lifetime is not enough to eat in every restaurant and hit every jazz club. You will never run out of things to do or places to visit.
Reliable public transportation
In New York you don’t need to own a car and worry about expenses, parking, tickets, and so on. Most people living in New York rely on public transportation, particularly on the subway system which can get you anywhere you need to go.
They say that “if you can make it there, you can make it everywhere”. New York is a city of challenges that’s for sure; from covering rent to finding your perfect job nothing is easy, but you will love being here if you like challenges.it takes determination and grit to live in New York.
Every lifestyle is acceptable there
In New York no one will give you a strange look because you have died your hair green or you have started a business manufacturing cosmetics in your apartment. Here you have the freedom to be as weird as you want to be.
Being part of something bigger
New York is the place where history has happened, and it can happen any day with you being a part of it; you can tell your grandchildren you were there.
So, do the following lyrics made famous by Frank Sinatra match your future intentions?
“New York, New York
Start spreading the news
You’re leaving today (tell him friend)
I want to be a part of it, New York, New York
Your vagabond shoes, they are longing to stray
And steps around the heart of it, New York, New York
I wanna wake up in a city, that doesn’t sleep
And find your king of the hill, top of the heap
Your small town blues, they’re melting away
Don’t make a brand new start of it, in Old New York
You always make it there, you make it anywhere
It’s up to you, New York, New York”