Comparing a one mile radius around my current apartment in San Francisco, and my old apartment in New York

I’m flying to New York in about 7 hours, my first trip back since I moved to San Francisco in December. I miss New York a lot. The food, the nightlife, the energy, the diversity of people.
When I was in New York, I took advantage of everything the city has to offer. And that began by living in *the best neighborhood* in the city. If I walked for 15 minutes from my apartment in New York, I could explore parts of: the East Village, Alphabet City, Union Square, Gramercy Park, West Village, NYU, Soho, Nolita, and the Lower East Side. And that’s all on foot!


If I walk for 15 minutes from where I am now… I’m still in Soma 🙂


Ok, admittedly I’m not living in the densest/funnest part of San Francisco (we’re planning to move at the end of the year). But it’s still staggering to see the difference here. The neighborhoods in New York are small. The blocks are tiny. It’s incredibly easy to get around. And it helps that the whole city is flat 🙂
I’m really looking forward to this trip. You can expect lots of photos and video while i’m there.


  1. Sachin, interesting post. I hope you enjoy your visit. I lived in SF for a month and I liked it but it seemed that a car would be necessary to really take advantage of the area. And despite how pretty the hills are, NY’s flatness does make it infinitely easier to get around. You’ll notice a lot of changes in your old hood including the impressive new Cooper Union bldg and the hotel next to it. Also (what I think is) an ugly wavy glass bldg right in Astor place. Enjoy!

  2. @John yes I am interested to see how my neighborhood has changed since I was there. I endured construction noise while the hotel was being built right in my backyard! I’m hoping to get a drink there, i think with a view of my old apartment’s back window@marcos I have been very lucky to get the chance to live in these great cities

  3. Sachin, I hate to say it (and as someone who has visited SF only 3 or 4 times I am probably not very qualified either), but I never understood the attraction of the city. Boston, Seattle, even my old home Philly. I have the same problem with Chicago (and Bombay, for that matter), so maybe its just my own odd preferences ;-). I live on the NJ shore (stripmall — and strip bars! — capital of the world, I am sure), so I shouldn’t be speaking.

  4. I definitely meet people who say they don’t like New York and I look at them like they are crazy :)New York is definitely not for everyone, that’s for sure. It’s a wild, debaturous, expensive city. It would be like living on the strip in Las Vegas, permanently.But it’s a city that I, like many others, fell in love with. I think few other cities get such a loyal following like New York does. EVeryone I know who lives there now or has in the past sees it as truly one of the few international cities in the world, open 24/7 and activeThere’s a reason people make/buy/wear the I love New York tshirts. 🙂

  5. Debatorous? The next startup? ;-)Perhaps I wrote poorly: I was questioning the attraction of SF, not NYC. NYC definitely has a lot going for it. The cultural-political scene alone justifies its reputation (as well as the range of gastronomic adventure it offers). But one thing I will say: NYC is not a walking city. Its not like Vienna or Paris or Florence or even Rome or London. I blame that on the grid system which not only makes the layout boring, but also optimises the city for traffic, not people.

  6. oops, i totally missed that. Sorry! I usually am quick to jump on someone who hates on New York :)yeah, I have trouble understanding the great attraction of SF. it’s a beautiful city, but it’s really way to chilled out and slow to be called a "city"

  7. And it (SF) is so oddly spread out … I once took a bus ride out for what seemed like a boring eternity from downtown SF to the Palace of the Legion of Honour (or whatever its called, I forget) .Of course when I wrote NYC, I was thinking mostly of Manhattan as most people do, but [the] Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens have their own interesting elements (Staten Island should be fittingly added to NJ!).My comment above, on second reading, is confusing as hell. To clarify: cities that get the nod from yours truly: NYC, Boston, Philly, Seattle. Cities that do not: SF, Chicago. Why? Mostly because I am an opinionated chump.

  8. How funny — we live a few blocks away from each other in SF, and I was just in NY at the same time you were — and staying within that 15 min circle of your old apartment! (Thompson LES) I love NY. I should get the T-Shirt. But I also love SF. Different kind of city to be sure, but it has its own unique charms.

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