(Closed) Boston vs NYC vs San Francisco- Best city among them to live?

posted 7 years ago in Home
  • poll: Where would you move?
    NYC!!! : (16 votes)
    26 %
    Boston : (20 votes)
    32 %
    San Francisco : (26 votes)
    42 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I love NYC.  I’ve never been to San Fran, and I do not like Boston.  My dislike for Boston is for various reasons…I don’t like their subway system and find it incredibly confusing and annoying.  Everything seems to close early and have weird rules compared to NYC.  I’m a huge NY sports fan and would be totally shunned in Boston, and that would make me sad.

    I think NYC has pretty much all pros, except for the real estate.  It’s expensive and small.  But it’s a good tradeoff, IMO, for all of the other benefits you get from the city.

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

    I grew up right outside of NYC, went to grad school in Boston and lived there for many years after, and have friends in San Fran.  I love all three!

    That being said, I think for medicine, Boston is an amazing place.  The Longwood medical area is chock full of hospitals and research.  It’d be a great environment.  I lived just a few minutes from there, in Coolidge Corner, which was a great little shopping area just a few T stops from downtown.

     

    NYC is the greatest city in the world, but Boston is a close second for me.  The history, the shopping, the sports..and the proximity to outdoor activities, is great.

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I have lived in and love all 3 cities. If you threw in Chicago and DC, I would say they are the only places I would move to. I don’t think you can go wrong. Boston would have the lowest cost of living, but it’s still pretty high. I think NYC probably has the best weather of the 3 – if you like the seasons. SF is pretty much sweater weather (50-60) all year round. Boston has really, really cold winters. What do you do for a living? Does it matter where you live? SF is close to Napa – LOVE! But has so many hills, and I find it hard to get around. I feel like you need a car in CA – especially if you live outside the city. In Boston, a car is a nice to have but not a necessity by any means. In NYC, a car is a burden. I would say Boston is the least diverse city. All three cities have theatre, sports, good restuarants, nightlife. I don’t know if I am helping. I really like them all

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    @Aubergold: Yeah, the lack of diversity is pretty obvious in Boston. I especially find this true when you go out at night. Most bars/clubs are all one race or another. You do find that in other cities as well, but I think it is pretty pronounced in Boston.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’m a NYC girl through and through. I love visiting Boston, but honestly can’t see myself living there. Like @hotchildinthecity: said I can’t stand their metro system and I get lost every freakin’ time I’m there. I’m sure people from Boston get lost when they come here, but come on people our streets and avenues are numbered! Haha.

    It is crazy expensive to live here though so that’s always something to consider. I know all cities are expensive, but NYC always seems to be at the top of the list.

    Can’t comment on SF, as I’ve never been there… But I’ve heard wonderful things about it and would probably really love the warm weather! I hate the cold and snow with a passion.

    PS. Good luck to your Fiance. My best friend (and MOH) just went through the ranking process last year and it was so stressful for her!

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

    There’s a secret to getting around the Back Bay (the center of Boston).  No one mentions it to visitors.  Some natives don’t every realize it.  The Back Bay’s streets are in alpha order (Arlington, Berkeley, Clarenton, Dartmouth).  Once you figure that out, the Back Bay doesn’t seem as confusing. 

    Boston IS a city (while places like Hingham or Marbledhead are more in line with the idea of the quiticential New England town).  It’s neighborhoods are as pronounced as the boroughs.  It’s extremely accessible and the T, to me, was fantastic (and I lived on the Green line, which was mostly above ground). People who live in the city tend to be highly educated (Ph.Ds and MDs are everywhere).  The outter neighborhoods tend to be a little more mixed, education wise. 

     

    I thought Harvard might be involved.  Go.  I worked at Brigham & Women’s when I first got there and the people were awesome.  Check out Brookline if you visit (specifically Coolidge Corner).  I loved it there.

     

    Post # 11
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2016

    I lived in both San Francisco and NYC.  (I don’t like Boston for similar reasons others have stated but I haven’t spent all that much time there, in fairness).  I would probably choose SF over NYC if I was making that choice now but these would be my pros and cons:

    SF has nicest weather, air quality is pretty good for a big city since it’s right on the water, very close to fabulous hiking, wine country, etc. (whereas I am not into the Hamptons, etc. where you might go for short trips in NYC).

    SF wins on physical look of the city itself, the hills.  I think it’s a beautiful city.

    SF is more “livable” than NYC in terms of crowding, pace, etc.  Although it is probably almost equally expensive, you get more space for your money.

    SF food not quite as varied/amazing as NYC but is great and if you are a vegetarian there are way more options.  

    SF has a serious homeless problem in the city (different/worse than other big cities) and panhandlers can be really aggressive, depending on your neighborhood, you might wake up to human poo on your doorstep.

    SF PARKING BLOWS, and it’s not as easy in NYC to live there without a car- I probably would not choose to live in SF without a car where I did in NYC.  On the other hand, if you want a car in either place, it’s almost prohibitively expensive to keep one in NYC.

    In SF There is very weird, inter-neighborhood rivalry/snottiness — like if you live in the “rich” part of SF, people in the hipster neighborhoods will totally roll their eyes at you and be rude.  It’s kind of a reverse snobbishness vibe.  Similarly, if you are not super-liberal, you will probably not feel comfortable discussing your politics in SF.  I found NYC a bit more live and let live and accepting of diverse viewpoints (for reference, I am pretty liberal but democrat as opposed to like, green party liberal and this still bugged me about SF).

     

     

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’d move to Boston because I live in MA and my family is here… but the people there have a reputation for being douche bags haha

    The tone there tends to be “either you’re 100% obsessed with Boston and know every single thing about it, love the T, and like buying $15 drinks because the only thing to do for fun is go to bars, or you suck and I look down on you”. All of my friends who have moved there changed to that attitude, so I definitely wouldn’t move there. Sorry all you Boston lovers! I do love the city and visiting is awesome, you can’t beat the sports… but I suggest California where it’s warm! I dunno about SF in particular but any of my friends/family who have moved to Cali love it, and there’s a lot to do, especially outdoor activities. Good luck in your decision making!

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I voted Boston! I am a little bias but I have been to NYC. Personally I have a love affair with Boston and Boston sports so I hate NYC. I like visiting the tourist spots in NYC but I would hate living there, for crowds and my hate of all NY sports. Mostly the crowds and the fact that I am not a big city person. I could deal with being a sports outcast, I really don’t cre who people support unless they are in my face about it…that’s just childish and annoying.

    Boston also has some of the best hospitals in the country.

    I have never been to San Fran though.

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

    Weather should be definitely be a factor.  I personally love a good snow storm.  I miss having things shut down for a little bit and walking around in the streets. 🙂

    Interesting that the San Fran person brought up the neighborhood thing.  A few of my friends act as though they need to play waaaay in advance to go out in a neighborhood across town.  They almost needed to psych themselves up for the excursion.  In NYC or Boston, you’d hop on the subway/T or get a cab and just go.  🙂

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I live outside Boston right now, and have lived there in the past.  I’ve also spent a TON of time in NYC.  I think it depends on what you’re looking for in a location.  I spent so much time in NYC while I was growing up and in my early 20s, but when I moved to Boston I just loved it.  I find Boston to be so much cleaner and greener than NY. There’s great shopping, it’s less expensive (though still not cheap) than the other 2, and has tons of history and beautiful buildings.

    I’m also not sure where other people have been to say it’s not diverse.  In my company I am frequently the only white person or female or native english speaker (or all of the above) at meetings.  I’ve also been to plenty of the clubs and never noticed a diversity issue.  Sure, if you go to Southie it’ll be most white Irish people and Roxbury will be mostly black, but other neighborhoods aren’t the same.

    My advice would be #1 – go to the best school, even if it’s not in a city you love it’s only for a few years.  And secondary to that, make sure you can afford to live wherever he ends up.

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