Living in BOSTON vs NYC

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  1. The cities are so different it's hard to compare them. NYC is massive, Boston is much much smaller. But Boston's smallness is part of it's charm. Boston has top tier universities and hospitals. The museums are nice but the number of museums in NYC eclipses Boston. One area where NYC blows Boston away is the night life. Boston by and large shuts down early. Most retail by 6, bars by 2. If you crave food at 3am in Boston, there are probrolly less than 10 places still open. More often than not night owl Bostonians won't find any restaurants open at 3am. In NY, finding places open in the AM hours is easy, unless the new covid rules have changed all that. Of the two cities Boston is MUCH cleaner, and mugging percentage wide are not as bad as in NY. Boston has America's first subway ( opened in 1897) which is why the subway is not laid out like a logical grid like NY's subway. Both cities are easy to navigate by foot, but Boston is much easier as it's so much smaller. I think the Boston drivers being terrible is a bit of a stereotype. The worst drivers I ever encountered were in Chicago. Id say both Boston and NYC are difficult in finding parking spots, which is why many people who live in either city don't have a car; but I suspect percentage wise more New Yorkers don't have cars. It's an extra expense.

  2. You can’t compare the two cities. After living in Boston for 10 years and New York for 20 years before that, I see people in Boston are always trying to compare themselves to New York, and people in New York don’t even think about Boston. Boston has all the negatives of living in a city with none of the positives. You have some of the highest costs of living in the country with none of the benefits like shopping, good food, entertainment, etc.
    With shopping, you have Newbury street, which sucks (full of smoke shops and ramen places to appeal to the college kids), and a couple big department stores in the Pru/Copley like Saks, and Nieman Marcus (Barneys and Lord and Taylor have closed), all in all, basically no high end shopping.
    As far as food goes, the best restaurants we have are chains (Smith and Wollensky, Del Friscos, Morton’s, Legal Seafood), the North End is terrible in comparison to New York Italian, that goes without saying.
    Last call at bars is usually 1:30 in Boston compared to 3/3:30 in New York.
    For entertainment you have the theatre district which is also one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in the entire city, and all I have to do is say “Broadway” for New York. If you’re into the more independent scene there’s a venue every other block in Brooklyn.
    As far as the job prospects go, unless you work at a university or for a hospital, there’s not much going on, New York is the financial capital of the western world.
    Raising kids is easier in New York than it is in Boston which probably sounds crazy to some but it’s simply true unless you send your kids to school in the suburbs which will cost you a lot.
    New Yorkers have a reputation for being rude but that’s nothing compared to the pretentious nature of people in Boston.
    The only benefit to living in Boston is it’s quieter, cleaner, and safer, but that’s a given considering Boston is a large town in comparison to a city like New York.

  3. Boston is the 3rd most walkable city in the country, but you didn't mention number 1 😉 also I think the gas prices and driving info for NY has to be taken with a grain of salt, as more than half of households in the city do not have a car. And having spent time in most cities, the T is decent, but the NYC subway blows it out of the water. The T just doesn't go enough places to be truly useful.

  4. I film throughout New England. Boston and nyc are cities for the rich. Only issue is NYC will charge you thru the roof money for a one bedroom spot. At least in Boston it’s easier to navigate around the city and commute to work

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