New York City
New York and San Francisco are probably two of the most iconic cities in America.
New York is the financial and cultural hub of the world, while San Francisco and its adjacent Silicon Valley area have established itself as the global center of the tech universe.
But what would you do if you had to choose one place over the other?
That’s a tough question to answer. But people on this Quora thread have pretty strong opinions about why the Big Apple is better than Frisco.
We narrowed it down to 13 of the top reasons why you should live in NYC than SF/Silicon Valley:
It’s hard to beat New York’s urban energy.
“There’s a constant, stimulating ebb and flow to the city and those populating it and it’s non-stop – NYC is a 24-hour living, changing organism…And San Francisco, god bless it, just doesn’t have the energy. Not even close.” — Moses Namkung
There’s more food variety.
“Speaking of around the world: we have cuisine from everywhere you’ve been or dreamed of going, and many places you’ve never heard of. If you want it, we have it. We also have great options for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, raw-only, kosher, things-that-only-start-with-the-letter-Q.” — Eunji Choi
It’s also more convenient.
“Unlike SF, you don’t have to *plan* everything in NYC. You can just walk outside and find things to do. After the park, you can walk to the museum and then to dinner and then to the bar and then to the club. If you’re going out late, you don’t need to worry about having a designated driver or where you’re going to park your car. You can get whatever you want whenever you want it without worrying about closing time.” — Natasha Prasad
It’s hard to believe, but rent is actually cheaper.
“Cheaper rent (you may not believe that, but it’s true – Rent Battle: What You Can Get in San Francisco vs. New York, Rent For A 1-Bedroom Apartment Will Cost You More In San Francisco Than Anywhere Else In The US, etc).” — A.P.D.G. Everett
Your commute will be better, too.
“Since high rent has pushed most tech firms to the periphery, SFers endure some awful commutes. If you told a NYer that they would have to commute by bus for an hour and a half to get to work while also paying Manhattan rent, they would justifiably laugh in your face. Yet that is exactly what tens of thousands of SFers do every day. It’s madness.
Commuting in NYC is also no walk in the park, but at least people get to make a conscious choice about the tradeoffs. They can live within a walk to work or take the train in from Westchester if they value space more. In SF this calculation is inverted – you can live in the city, pay tons, and have an awful commute, or you can live in Mountain View, see your friends twice a month, and still pay a premium for the pleasure. I’ll take Option (NY)C.” — Brandon Larson
“Art openings, fashion shows, movie premieres, dressing up and not feeling out of place, an abundance of stylish restaurants, plenty of nightlife where you don’t feel too old over 30.” — Dee Anna McPherson
Public transportation is really good.
“The easy answer is transportation. SF is still in its infancy with regards to getting people around and turning the city into a real city. Everything public transit shutting down around midnight except for that awful owl bus in SF makes it impossible to stay out late in other parts…If you miss the last Caltrain or BART out of the city, it’s an awful bus ride.” — David Mobley
“NY in general has much nicer architecture. Other than the great Victorian houses in San Francisco, architecture tends to be fairly bland (especially going out to the Sunset or Richmond districts). NY, however, has a lot of great buildings everywhere. The art deco skyscrapers of Manhattan are amazing, but there are a wide range of other things to look at. It’s not exactly London, but I do like being able to walk around and appreciate the buildings.” — Jun-Dai Bates-Kobashigawa
But more than anything, it’s simply because New York is the capital city of the world.