New York City is an amazing place, but it’s not for everyone. Boston moving company Cratos Moving has compiled for you all the pros and cons of moving to New York City from the words of our professional Boston to New York movers.
If you’re thinking of moving here or perhaps just visiting, there are a few things you should know before making the jump.
WAY MORE MUGGERS
While Bostonians can run red lights and do other dangerous things without fear of being attacked by random assailants on every corner, New Yorkers are constantly harassed to BUY SOMETHING! by men in suits who smell like garbage. The city might be cleaner than it used to be, but walking down the street still isn’t completely safe if you don’t look like you’re about to purchase at least one knockoff handbag from a vendor using hand signals only they understand.
THERE’S A HIGHER PROBABILITY OF BEING ATTACKED BY YANKEES FANS
People in Boston are generally pretty nice, even the ones that hate your team. People in New York are not. Don’t wear a t-shirt supporting any of the Sox’ top rivals or you may find yourself surrounded by people yelling slurs about David Ortiz while simultaneously placing hand bets with their friends on how long it’ll take before they knock you out cold and steal your wallet instead of watching on dramacool.
THE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IS A NIGHTMARE
If you’re used to taking the T or the bus in Boston, be prepared for a rude awakening. The subway here is overcrowded, expensive, and always smells like pee. The buses are often late, don’t go where you need them to, and are also really smelly. If at all possible, try to avoid using public transportation in New York City. It will just make you really angry.
Boston might not be the cheapest city in the country, but it’s definitely more affordable than living in Manhattan. Unless you’re making a lot of money, don’t even bother trying to live here. You’ll end up spending most of your paycheck on rent and be left with nothing to actually enjoy the city.
ALL THE RESTAURANTS ARE FANCY
If you’re looking for a cheap meal, you’re going to be out of luck in New York City. All the restaurants are expensive, and most of them are really overrated. If you want something decent, you’ll have to spend at least $30 per person, not including drinks. Save up your money before moving here or you’ll be eating a lot of ramen noodles.
IT’S REALLY LOUD
Boston can be noisy too, but it’s nothing compared to New York City. The constant sound of sirens, car horns, and people shouting or throwing away food will quickly drive you crazy. If you can’t handle street noise, there’s a good chance this place isn’t for you.
STILL HUMID AF
Even though we’re pretty far north and New York City is like right next to the ocean, it’s still really humid here most of the time. Prepare to sweat a lot and also probably get sick all the time. There’s nothing worse than walking outside in May and getting hit with a wall of gross humidity that smells terrible. It’ll be better once winter rolls around again at least.
SEVERAL DELICIOUS FOOD OPTIONS ARE NEVER AVAILABLE AT 3AM
If you live in an area where restaurants are open 24/7, congratulations! You don’t have to go hungry between the hours of 3 and 6 a.m. if you suddenly get hungry for something to eat after a night out drinking at bars. In New York, there are only two options: bodegas that sell overpriced candy bars from behind bulletproof glass or McDonald’s, where everyone knows your name because you’re one of their best customers.
RATS RUN THE CITY
So… Boston might have a rat problem too, but it really doesn’t compare to NYC rats, who are so big they should be considered dangerous wildlife instead of pests. It won’t be unusual to see at least three or four rats per day scampering down the sidewalk as you walk by on your way home from work/school/your cousin’s house who lives in the city and let you crash at her place for a weekend.
IT’S BUSY ALL THE TIME
When’s the last time you actually walked across the street in Boston without having to stop and wait for like three to five full minutes? I’m guessing it was probably never, and that would be because people here are much more aggressive than they are back home. It might take some getting used to, but chances are good you’ll end up suffering from PTSD after living here for several months.
Thankfully, there’s still time to change your mind if these aforementioned aspects of New York City life sound completely terrible to you! There’s always Boston…or anywhere in America where things aren’t as great as they are in New York!
Or you could just go to New York City, have the time of your life, and maybe even find a cute guy/girl to take back home with you.
IT’S CALLED “New York”! OF COURSE IT’S AWESOME!
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