LA vs NYC

I grew up in Boston, enduring the harsh, cold winters and the hazy, hot and humid summers. Boston is a beautiful city and a great place to grow up, but the weather can really wear you down. After I graduated from college, I was antsy and ready for something new.

I settled on Los Angeles for the same reason that many East Coasters do. LA was sunny and warm! You can go to the beach in January! You’ll rub elbows with celebrities! While all of these things are true to a certain extent (my first celebrity sighting was Keanu Reeves at the West Hollywood Bristol Farms), it isn’t always sunshine days in Southern California.

I found many people to be shallow and unfriendly, my career trajectory was all over the place and there are Lakers fans everywhere! I can’t figure out if LA is a city I love to hate, or hate to love. Regardless, I’m still here ten years later and that antsy feeling is creeping up again. So I’ve been pondering a move, but still not entirely sure where I want to go, or even if I’m really ready to leave LA.

And then an opportunity was presented. My boyfriend’s coworker is subletting his apartment in New York City for a year, would we be interested? I just happened to be in New York at the time, so I went to take a look. Upper East Side one bedroom, doorman building with a gym…not bad. So tempting.

Now, the decision making begins. Let me just preface that I am a terrible decision-maker. LA or NYC? East Coast or West Coast?
Let’s break it down:

Los Angeles

  1. Let’s start with one of the reasons I listed above. You really can’t beat the weather. Right now it’s 74 degrees and I’m sitting on the outdoor patio of my local coffee shop. The East Coast on the other hand is bracing for its first blizzard of 2016. Enough said.

  2. The beach. I love the beach. I’m not the sit-on-the-beach-and-tan type. I like to swim and do other water-related activities. I like to take long walks on the beach, and yes, I still like collecting seashells. Of course I’m not moving to the Midwest so the opportunity to go to the beach will still be available to me if I move to NYC, I just may not be able to go as frequently or with as much ease.

  3. I’ve never heard anyone describe Los Angeles as a beautiful city, because, let’s face it, it’s certainly not. That being said, the state of California is quite beautiful. I love that I can drive a short distance and go skiing in Big Bear. I like taking the 5 freeway past miles of farmland to San Francisco, where I stroll by the waterfront and eat fried seafood that reminds me of home. And, of course, I love taking spontaneous drives up the coast to Big Sur and hiking or just embracing the quiet while watching the waves crashing on the rugged coastline.

  4. Los Angeles is slightly more affordable than NYC. Although judging by a recent apartment search in my neighborhood, LA is catching up.

New York City

  1. It’s New York City. The center of the world. The Big Apple. Whatever you call it, it’s New York and there truly is no other city like it in the world. No further explanation needed.

  2. Ok, here are a few more things: Central Park, Fifth Avenue, Soho, Christmastime all over the city, the tree at Rockefeller Center, summer (and winter) at Bryant Park, museums…and so much more. I’ll never be bored in New York.

  3. You can take the girl out of the East Coast…I’ll always be an East Coaster. Although I’ve made LA my home for the past 10 years, there’s a certain comfortable feeling I get when I’m on the East Coast, the feeling that I belong there.

  4. On a personal note, I’ll be closer to my family, which will allow me to see them more often than the 2 or 3 times a year I get to see them now.

There’s much to think about, but I do feel the pull to head back east. Whether that will happen six months from now or a year from now remains to be seen. Thoughts? Los Angeles or New York City?

DZ