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25. That's too bad
Mon Feb 15, 2021, 07:35 PM
Feb 2021

I've lived in and around New York for 45 years and it still fascinates me. I moved there to go to college and stayed when I started my career. Business opportunities in the city are numerous, diverse and generally well compensating. There are opportunities in almost any endeavor and field. Anyone with ambition and a bit of drive can find opportunities for a successful life.

The diversity is incredible as there are people in NYC from everywhere! They've brought their cultures, languages, arts, clothing, personalities and foods with them making NYC one of the world's great melting pots. The sheer variety of restaurants is a testament to the many cultures represented in the city.

Pre- and hopefully post-pandemic, NY's entertainment choices are nearly endless. The Metropolitan Opera, Broadway, the NY Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, dozens of clubs and venues all provide top-flight entertainment. You mentioned Colbert's show; there are actually dozens of programs (and movies) filmed in NYC, many with live audiences. The museums are fantastic and have collections that people come from all over the world to see and appreciate. The Hayden Planetarium, part of the Museum of Natural History, is world-class and run by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Our sports teams are (usually) very strong and events like the U.S. Tennis Open and the NYC Marathon also draw crowds from around the world.

Because of the OP, I assume your opinion of NYC is a fear of crime. That's understandable. However, crime in NYC has declined precipitously in the decades I've lived there. The freak who shoved people onto the tracks is one person out of 8 million. I suspect you would find an equal or probably higher ratio of crime in nearly any other city in the country. The subways are cleaner than ever and, generally, the service is excellent. Keep in mind, it's one of the largest and oldest mass-transit systems in the world. Consider this: You can ride nearly 50 miles on one swipe of a MetroCard, (roughly $3.00).

NYC's architecture is hundreds of years old and also brand spanking new with spectacular creativity. The history of the city is very rich and dynamic. Because it's a waterfront city, the beaches, boating, fishing, horseback riding and other activities are plentiful. There are championship golf courses, (just stay away from Trump's course in the Bronx!), marinas and parks in all five boroughs. The skyline is spectacular and Times Square is popular and, shall we say, unique.

My wife and I suffer from wanderlust and we've visited many cities and localities around the U.S. and the world. We had travel plans last year and this year that were screwed up by the pandemic. However, our hearts will always be in New York, our home. You might reconsider your view of this city and give it a second chance after the pandemic is under control.

In any event, it took me all day to write this reply so I hope you'll accept it the sincerity I've intended. By the way, where do you live?

Have a good evening.

NYC has no appeal to me Rorey Feb 2021 #1
There's nothing there worth the $40 for a ride in and back Klaralven Feb 2021 #8
I've been there many times--typically for professional conferences. If you have $$$ it can be great hlthe2b Feb 2021 #9
It's the crowds, among other things Rorey Feb 2021 #14
I lived in the northeast over 30 years ago, and spent a lot of time in NYC shrike3 Feb 2021 #21
Frank disagrees 😉 Dem4Life1102 Feb 2021 #10
That's too bad PJMcK Feb 2021 #25
I agree kcr Feb 2021 #28
I love NYC! Lived there moonscape Feb 2021 #30
I love where I live, but many don't share my opinion Rorey Feb 2021 #31
One more reason North Shore Chicago Feb 2021 #2
AMEN! Earbuds and staring at that GD phone screen make me crazy. Pay attention to the world! CurtEastPoint Feb 2021 #3
Exactly... One can become a victim anywhere. I only wear "NON-noise cancelling" earbuds hlthe2b Feb 2021 #4
This! LisaM Feb 2021 #11
Absolutely Rorey Feb 2021 #15
Why I would never wear earbuds while going about my business. And why I rarely look at my phone when shrike3 Feb 2021 #22
Given they are shoved WHILE WAITING for the train, why are they calling them "straphangers?" hlthe2b Feb 2021 #5
Straphangers is a common term for bus or subway riders. LisaM Feb 2021 #12
As I said, I am well aware of the use of the term for those who stand on the subway. They were hlthe2b Feb 2021 #13
It annoyed me too soothsayer Feb 2021 #19
I've only ever seen it used by newspaper writers kcr Feb 2021 #27
The New York Daily News cleaves to mid-20th century tabloid nomenclature. musette_sf Feb 2021 #29
History of mental illness? Huh. WhiskeyGrinder Feb 2021 #6
I haven't taken the subway in a while here in Boston, but that has always scared me here as smirkymonkey Feb 2021 #7
Agreed! ProfessorGAC Feb 2021 #16
Only people with less than half a brain stand on the edge of a subway platform Jersey Devil Feb 2021 #17
Why is he on the streets? judesedit Feb 2021 #18
Situational Awareness isn't just for spy movies. displacedtexan Feb 2021 #20
Terrifying. Makes sense that mental illness is behind it most of the time, Hortensis Feb 2021 #23
Reminds me of the "Mad Bomber" in the 50s. kskiska Feb 2021 #24
If I'm on a subway/metro platform in any city anywhere in the world.... marmar Feb 2021 #26
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