20 Pros and Cons of Living in NYC

20 Pros and Cons of Living in NYC

If you’re thinking about making the move to NYC, there are a few pros and cons you should know before making the jump. Here’s a list of 20 pros and cons of New York City.


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Pro: Land of opportunity

NYC is known as the “land of opportunity” by those inside and outside the city. There are many jobs to choose from. Bored with your career? There’s always a new one you can try!

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Con: People work too much

It’s common knowledge that New Yorkers work HARD…and it shows. Success comes at a price and if you’re willing to work for it. You can make it in this city if you set your mind to it. But be warned: it will take much more than a 40-hour work-week.

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Pro: Public transportation

Between walking, biking, the subway, taxis, and ferries; you have many options for getting around the city. And hey, you don’t even need a car!

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Con: Rent is pricey

Even though it’s easy to get around the city with public transportation, housing is much more expensive than in other places. Be prepared to fork over $2,000-$3,500 a month for rent in some places. Oh, and not to mention the lease signing agreement fees.

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Pro: FOOD!

NYC may have the most diverse food scene in America. It’s a melting pot of diverse cuisines and dishes from all over the world. Here are just a few dishes you can try:

 

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Con: NYC is dirty

It may come as a surprise to visitors when they arrive, but New York City is a really dirty place. Trash is in the streets and a stench floats in the air (especially in the summer). Bring hand sanitizer with you for an added layer of protection against germs.

Pro: New York City is safe

Did you know that New York City is one of the top five safest cities in America? People tend to think it’s not safe to live in NYC but the crime data speaks for itself.

Con: Homelessness

Homelessness in itself is not the con, but the fact that homelessness has reaches its peak since the Great Depression is. In August 2020, there were 57,660 homeless people sleeping each night in the New York City municipal shelter system. This seems to be an on-going issue, but there ways to help those who are homeless in NYC.

meet someone newPro: You can always meet someone new

The city is so large that you can always meet someone new. Get involved with a local sports league, be social while out with friends, and ask for a phone number or a way to contact a new friend. And remember: to make a friend, be a friend.

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Con: Crowds

There are people EVERYWHERE. Expect a long line wherever you go when eating out, and don’t expect to have a place to sit if riding the subway during rush-hour.

Pro: The public parks

Don’t be fooled! There are outdoor spaces in this concrete jungle. There’s the ever-popular Central Park, but there are other parks to check out, too! Many have running paths, sports courts, dog parks, and playgrounds.

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Con: The weather

New York City has diverse climates — really cold in the winter and really hot in the summer. It also tends to rain at the worst times. Bring a travel-sized umbrella everywhere you go if possible, especially during spring and fall!

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Pro: The city never sleeps

For those who work late into the night, this is a definite perk. There are, however, slow times in the night. 2:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. tends to be a slower time. Less traffic, fewer people on the streets, and less noise. If you’re planning on traveling into or out of the city, this is the best time to do it.

Con: The noise

You’ll hear street noise almost every hour of the day. Sirens, garbage trucks, and cars to name a few. If you live on the street, you’ll want to be on a high level. Otherwise, you’ll be woken up in the middle of the night by a street sweeper.

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Pro: Shopping!

You have options for about any type of apparel you can think of. Fashion trends usually start in NYC, so you’ll be the first to know when a new style arrives.

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Con: Again, it’s expensive

Those fashion trends come at a cost though. Like your apartment, clothing (and food) costs a lot more in this big city. Food costs around $25-$40 for a decent dinner plate — that’s before appetizers and drinks.

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Pro: The career opportunities are endless

For those who want to move up in their career, New York City has the opportunity for you. Job boards are constantly flooded with new jobs. Remember to change your LinkedIn profile location to “New York City” so your name will be added to the mix.

Con: You have to fend for yourself

But a job won’t land in your lap. You’ll have to fend for yourself in this city. No one will stand up for you. Use your voice and let others know what you think.

Pro: Diverse group of people

The cultural diversity in New York City is one of a kind. New York City is a melting pot for all things culture — including people. There are over 1,000 cultural organizations in the five boroughs, each with specific ties to communities.

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Con: Residents are “unfriendly”

It’s a common understanding that residents in New York City are “unfriendly.” In fact, it was voted the sixth least friendly city in the world in 2015 by Travel and Leisure. But don’t let that stop you from believing the best in people. Most are just in a hurry to get to their next meeting.


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