For the holidays, I had two whole weeks off (plus a snow day). Normally, with so much free time on my hands, I would try to plan a trip somewhere warm and sunny. Well, now that I’m a little more frugal with my money, I decided to do a stay-cation and explore New York City a bit. I’ve lived here all my life but I’ve never done some of the more “touristy” things this city is known for.
My two weeks wandering around the city, getting together with friends and enjoying the good food really reminded me of how much I enjoy living here. Obviously, for someone who wants to save, living in a city with such a high cost of living seems stupid. I see a lot of talk in the PF blogosphere about why it’s a good idea to move somewhere cheaper. But for me, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Here’s why:
1. I want to be close to my friends and family.
This is probably the single most important reason why I live in NYC – my friends and family. All of my family and most of my friends reside in the NY area. I’m at my parents house at least once a week and I’m in touch with my friends constantly. They’re a huge support system for me and I just couldn’t imagine living far way from away from them. Maybe I still have a some more growing up to do and maybe one day I’ll want to try living somewhere completely different just for the experience. But now and at least the foreseeable future, I’d like to call home wherever my loved ones are. It’s something you really can’t put a price on.
2. There’s a lot more career opportunities.
I work in eCommerce and even though I can’t really say I want to do it forever, I do know that at least for now, being in NYC really helps my career. I wouldn’t be able to be where I am today if I wasn’t living in NYC. The cost of living in NYC is a lot but I’m also making more than I would anywhere else. Another option for me would be San Francisco but that would be 3,000 away from my reason #1 and it’s pretty darn expensive there too.
3. There’s a little bit of something for everyone…all the time.
I like to explore and I’ve never been to a place that’s quite like NYC. There’s a little bit of everything for every one. There’s so much diverse culture, art and entertainment that I’m not sure if I would ever really be able to fully explore everything this city has to offer. There’s always a million and one things going on and while that can drive some people nuts, I thrive off that.
4. It’s very convenient.
I love the convenience of being able to take the subway everywhere I ago, grab a bit to eat 24/7, or watch a movie at 1 am. Yes, a bit unnecessary but I love it.
It’s kind of hard to write down every single thing I love about NYC but I think that’s my top four. I get what I pay for in some case and in other cases, I don’t. It does get really expensive, particularly rent, and I’m always amazed by how much something can cost, like a plain ol’ cup of coffee. At the same time, I think NYC can be affordable if you just do your research. For instance, some of the neighborhoods in the outer boroughs can be much cheaper (rent, groceries, everything) and still be right on a subway line…which can get you into the city in 20 mins. The great thing about NYC is that there are so many options, which can certainly get overwhelming but still, options are nice to have. I really do think it’s possible to live in NYC and not go broke. You just have to be smart about it.
If you don’t live in NYC, would you ever consider it? If you do, what do you love about the city?