I was destined to live in NYC

This picture of the New York skyline is hanging over my bed at my dad’s house in San Luis Obispo. I purchased it at Ikea in 2002, when I was shopping for furniture for the first time ever, moving out of Stanford and into a real apartment.

 I had no idea that I would ever live in New York City, it wasn’t even something that was on my mind. But I always loved New York, and this is what I chose to hang over my bed since the day I left Stanford. I guess it was meant to be.



  1. Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

  2. i know how you feel. i hated new york when i lived there for 1 year…couldn’t get used to the crowdedness and new yorker’s "attitude". but now i look back…it’s a city full of amazing "character" and i definitely want to move back once more in my life. maybe i was meant to be there too…who knows.

  3. wider range of different backgrounds and individuals (e.g. just look at Flushing alone); easier to find super-cheap food at 4 a.m. in the morning…every few blocks, really; two words: Central Park; two more words: Broadway shows; the subway system in NYC kicks major ass (not in terms of cleanliness, necessarily, but accessibility); and I’d dare to say more people (esp. young people) flock to NYC in hopes of establishing a life there, at least temporarily, more than HK and Tokyo.I guess to summarize, the way I see it is that NYC has things that both HK and Tokyo possess, but the other two metropolises lack things that highlight NYC as…indescribable.:) But then again, I’ve never been to Tokyo. And I just happen to incredibly love NYC. And miss it immensely.

  4. <div>I haven't been to Tokyo either, so I'll just have to defend HK. &nbsp;I am not saying NYC is not a great city–it has lots of things to love about it ..I hope I'm not starting a flame war on Sachin's blog (hah!)</div> <div><br></div>1) I'd argue about 'wider' –both are diverse, just in different ways<div>2) I realize it's a matter of taste, but I'd say&nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: bold;">better tasting</span>&nbsp;super-cheap food at 4am in the morning (with the notable exception of L'Express)</div> <div>3) Um, Victoria Harbor, Lantau Island, and that jewel of a harbor, Repulse Bay, plus heart-stopping lights-on-water views every night</div><div>4) I don't think Broadway shows are a strong selling point. &nbsp;They're enjoyable but certainly not confined to NYC…they make their way to HK eventually =P</div> <div>5) The MTA in NYC is a big fat piece of shit–pardon my french. &nbsp;I only started enjoying myself in NYC when I could expense cab rides and not have to deal with the retarded/irrational changes in schedule, routings, transfers, and construction that never seems to end. &nbsp;It is absurdly inaccessible to those with physical disabilities (ever try to scale those steps during rush hour on a sprained ankle?) and most stops don't even tell you when the next train is coming. &nbsp;In contrast, the HK subway system makes the MTA look like a third world country–bright and clean, incredibly efficient and easy to use, and speaks 3 different languages.</div> <div><br></div><div>Sorry, I've just had really terrible experiences with the MTA. &nbsp;Anyway, this is all just personal opinion. &nbsp;I don't think people will ever come to an agreement on &quot;best city in the world.&quot;</div>

  5. Annie, I completely agree. Thanks for the comments. The diversity in New York cannot be beat.Within Manhattan alone there is more diversity than any other place I’ve ever been. But then you add in Brooklyn and Queens (I LOVE Brooklyn) and you have such a great array of people.And the food. Wow. It’s not just that New York food is great. It’s that you can get EVERY genre of food in New York and it’s great. Great French food (more french restaurants than in Paris), the best italian food outside italy, indian, steaks, burgers, you name it and it’s the best in the world.And NOT that there are those gems in the city that are great, but you can blindly walk into most restaurants you see and you will be pleased. You can’t get that anywhere else.

  6. 🙂 I like this healthy debate, Steph! I wish more people would join the conversation, though…Anyway, I guess my thoughts on HK are that, yes, it’s an incredible city with lots to offer (fantastic southern Chinese food…esp. in the hole-in-the-wall places you happen to stumble upon), but I *like* the grittiness and the dirtiness of NYC. It makes the place feel REAL and human… I find HK to be too sterile at times. And really, do we have to rinse our dinnerware in tea every time we eat? Does it really do anything??Don’t get me wrong… I heart HK, too. I’m of southern Chinese descent, so I enjoy visiting the place for non-stop grubbing (wonton noodles!!! DIM SUM). But there’s a pull I feel from NYC that I don’t get from HK.End point: Love for both cities. More love for NYC.

  7. I agree each of these cities is great in its own way.<div><br></div><div>But, the MTA rules. I did taxis too when necessary, and the taxis are great, but 98% of the time, I loved being able to jump on a train and get to where I needed to go. I never thought twice about taking the train, and it would generally get me to within a few blocks of my destination, the stops are very dense.</div><div><br></div><div>Most of the city, rich and poor, depends on trains. Few people own cars. The trains are dirty, their are no announcements, the staff is rude. But once you figure it out, in terms of sheer transportation I’m not sure it can be beat.</div><div><br></div><div>The last time I was in London (I know, not part of this discussion), I found the Tube super clean and well signed. But not dense enough, too expensive, and it didn’t run late enough to be really useful.<br><div><br><div><div></div></div></div></div>

  8. YES — 24-hour subway system. Something Beijing needs. I take cabs way too much here…especially on weekends, since we’re all out late.

  9. Haha, Annie–interesting what you say about ‘pull.’ I know what you mean and feel that pull for many cities, incl. NYC, HK, LA, and BJ.I do love NYC–in fact, the only thing I really find a burden is the MTA for the reasons stated above (especially the handicapped-unfriendliness). And Sachin, everyone in HK–rich and poor, young and very old, sane and deranged–relies on the MTR too. Don’t knock it till you tried it! =)

  10. @steph; I’m really not sure it’s fair to complain about the MTA from trips you took on it with a sprained foot (as much as that sucks). The fact is no one in Manhattan needs own a car because the MTA kicks ass.

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