Question: Why New York?

Photo Credit: Celine Elliott

Why do you want to live in New York?

As a California native, I am asked this question a lot by family, friends, and even total strangers. Most of the time, they are incredulous that I would choose to leave such perfect, consistent weather behind. At first, having never been to New York, I didn’t really know how to clarify my East Coast dreams.

Now, I love California and am so proud to call it my home, but ever since I was a child, I have felt an intense curiosity about New York City. I have always been drawn to it, perhaps because it is so different from California. Growing up, I saw palm trees instead of skyscrapers and cars packed together on freeways rather than people squeezed together on subways. In other words, it offered a whole different lifestyle than what I was used to on the West Coast. Admittedly, much of my exposure to New York City was due to movies and television. As a child, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and Miracle on 34th Street, gave me a peek at city life and instantly made me yearn for a white Christmas, or really any type of weather that wasn’t 70 degrees and sunny. As I moved into my teenage and young adult years, I still held strong to this connection to New York. I knew I wanted to live in a big city and was drawn to the energy of NYC I saw depicted in the media.

Now that I actually live in New York, I have my fair share of frustrations, like train delays, over-priced meals, and slow-walkers. However, all of these frustrations are greatly outnumbered by the amazing experiences I have had here so far. From strolling through Central Park on a crisp autumn day to trying delicious food at the Chelsea Market, I have to admit that moving to New York was one of the best decisions of my life. There is never a dull moment in the city and there is always something new to explore. New York always has surprises up its sleeve and no day is ever exactly the same. As I walk around the Big Apple, weaving my way through crowds of people, I feel comforted in knowing that I do not feel alone in this big city. When a woman threw up her arms in frustration after a bus we were both waiting for was delayed, it further reminded me of this sentiment and made me feel a sense of community in the shared experiences many New Yorkers face each day. So, to answer the question “why do you want to live in New York City,” why wouldn’t I want to live in New York City?

I’d love to hear your answers to this question, so feel free to comment below!*

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7 thoughts on “Question: Why New York?”

  1. First of all I really like your view in your photo. Very colorful even though there is an obvious shadow. Secondly, I really liked your point of view regarding moving AWAY from California. I live in Chicago and often dream of living in the warm California sun and have often wondered why people choose to leave such a wonderful place. It’s refreshing to hear the other side. That maybe having a nice 70 degree type weather all the time can be boring. Your blog also showed me that no matter where you are, there are hidden gems all around. You found beauty in New York winter and commuting. Thank you for this post.


  2. I visited New York City this summer and I got to view and experience the things you like and dislike about the city. Your post proves that you can make anywhere a home especially when its a place that you have always loved and dreamt about.


  3. I have always wanted to live in New York and California so the fact that you have lived in both is pretty cool. I live in Chicago and came from Michigan so I completely understand your frustration. Chicago has its shares of over price meals, train delays, and slow walkers, it’s kinda like a small version of New York. So, “why would I want to live in the Big Apple” you ask? Hmm, because just like you said it is never a dull moment. I love the city life, the never going to sleep moments and the entertainment on the streets. It’s so different than Michigan, I love new surprise endings and fun beginnings. Also, I love to go shopping and I heard that there are no other places to shop at than NYC.


  4. I totally identify with this post, but in a slightly different way. I grew up in Nebraska (there’s nothing there…at all) and California has always been an intriguing place for me. But when I think about it, if I’d spent a lot of time on the west coast, it makes a lot of sense that New York would be an interesting and somewhat foreign place that would be very different. I hope you’re enjoying your big city living!


  5. I’ve never been to New York and was never quite pulled to it, but reading your blog and especially this post has sparked my interest in the city! I like the idea of the city being filled with adventure and I look forward to reading more of your blog posts in the future!


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