SF v/s NY

CenturyLink ml7hsg6
May 15 32 Comments

Which city is better for a single guy under 25?

In terms of cost of living, things to do, dating, tech events, weather etc

Have a offer from Facebook for E4

I’d appreciate if you could also comment your opinions.


UPDATE: Accepted the Facebook NY offer!

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  • Intel / Eng AQup26
    Absolutely positively NY
    May 15 3
    • Bank of America / Eng
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      pcemore
      Can you give a reason? I'm ny looking at possibly moving to sf
      May 15
    • Intel / Eng AQup26
      Sf is a sausage fest. The only good thing about it is the somewhat nice weather. NY on the other hand is NOT a sausage fest and has ALOT more to do than SF.
      May 15
    • Oracle pzd
      For a single guy under 25, dating scene trumps everything else imho. Unless you have a stellar tech career in SF or need to take care of a dependent, NYC is the answer.
      May 15
  • Airbnb de Bosch
    Your TC growth and career growth will be slower in NYC, and weather sucks there, but everything else is vastly better. If you’re single it’s no contest.
    May 15 5
    • CenturyLink ml7hsg6
      OP
      I’ve a offer from Facebook so I think that’d help with TC growth
      May 15
    • Airbnb de Bosch
      So you’re deciding between FB NYC and FB Bay Area? There’s no contest then, go for NYC
      May 15
    • CenturyLink ml7hsg6
      OP
      FB E4 NYC and Google L3 SunnyVale
      May 15
    • Airbnb de Bosch
      Sunnyvale is not SF... if you want to live in SF it’s a >1hr commute each way
      May 15
    • CenturyLink ml7hsg6
      OP
      Yea, right! I know that. That’s again something I’m considering
      May 15
  • CenturyLink ml7hsg6
    OP
    Thanks everyone!! I’ve accepted the Facebook NY offer :)
    May 15 3
    • Verizon Media sxSG85
      Welcome to 770 ;)
      May 15
    • CenturyLink ml7hsg6
      OP
      Haha see you there soon ;)
      May 15
    • Google yandere
      Congrats!
      May 18
  • Accenture / Eng __xjwg
    here in nyc we have tech meetups monday-friday from data engineering/science, web dev/perf/design, quant, etc

    dating hands down nyc. make sure to get your own apartment so you have more freedom and not bother your roommates w/ the loud sex

    lots of stuff happening from concerts, events, festivals, underground parties, breweries, night markets, indoor/outdoor sports. and a lot of hidden gems in nyc that are free (parks, museums, etc)

    overall living expense in nyc is low. as long as you keep your apartment rent low (i have 1650 1bed in astoria - hipsterish part of queens) and don't own a car, and cook you meals (my groceries are around 200USD/month). btw apartments here doesn't require renters insurance

    the thing that will hit your wallet are the variety of activities that you can do here in nyc. a cocktail in the city is 18usd, so if you are on a date that's 36 + tips. but once you are a local you'll get to explore the spots that are relatively cheap and where locals go
    May 15 7
    • Facebook smoak
      I heard the abundance of women is mainly in Manhattan and not the other boroughs. Since most play happens there, do you find it hard to convince women to go back to Queens/BK?
      May 15
    • Accenture / Eng __xjwg
      i think there are pockets on each borough where you can meet quality women you'll just have to know, and i have friends from astoria who would end up in BK or vice versa or even nj or upstate and all that matters is they get laid :) for bootycall/hookup distance is not an issue but for girlfriend type, BK to queens is considered long distance relationship LOL, i guess if you skip 1 borough or your commute requires you to transfer 3trains or takes you about 1hour+ to get there that's the borderline of long distance
      May 15
    • Oracle pzd
      Brooklyn is cool. All cute and broke girls are in Brooklyn. Dunno about Queens. Manhattan is for old people and finance bros. Avoid.
      May 15
    • New EVzB36
      @Accenture, how did you find an apartment in Astoria for 1650? Every decent apartment I looked there on StreetEasy is between 2000-2200. Is your place far from a subway stop? How long is the commute to midtown Manhattan?
      May 15
    • Accenture / Eng __xjwg
      through zillow, then i called the agent right away and closed it within the day because 4 more people looked at it and i don't want to lose it.

      the zip code is 11106 and around that area goes from 1650 (1bed) to 2200 (2-3bed). i'm in between steinway (R line) and broadway (N,Q,W) stations, that's good because it have two options in case one would be under construction. i'm 5 stations away from the city (about 10mins to 59th st) and 10mins uber away from La Guardia which is convenient because i travel to customers
      May 15
  • Goldman Sachs fake engineer
    If you're male, it's hard to understate how nice it is to feel like a valued human being due to the flipped gender ratio instead of just another guy contributing to the sausage fest. Here I go to parties and the majority of the people I meet are female, and they are usually friendly. In SF I felt like the rare female would be borderline stuck up and unapproachable due to an overload of male attention.

    As far as money goes, your dollar goes a little further in SF, but here you have options to cut expenses down more. Hoboken/Jersey City/Westchester (if you're willing to spend 30 minutes on the metro north each way, breakeven compared to Jersey is 520k earned income) give you a pretty nice tax break compared to CA or NYC for a reasonable commute. Queens, Brooklyn or Manhattan north of 90th ish have pretty good value housing. Also the closer you get to the rivers around Manhattan the cheaper housing is, at least in midtown and above.

    In SF there is no such thing as living by yourself for under 2k, and the transit is awful. Crime I think is also worse.
    May 15 3
    • CenturyLink ml7hsg6
      OP
      Wow! Thank you so much for an in depth answer. I appreciate it. I’m leaning towards New York as well.
      May 15
    • Goldman Sachs fake engineer
      Yea np, Facebook is on East side so you might decide the NJ tax haven isn't worth the multiple train transfers. If you're L4 you'd probably pay ~10k less income tax in NJ but getting to the office would be annoying.
      May 15
    • CenturyLink ml7hsg6
      OP
      That’s a good tip. Will definitely keep it in mind.
      May 15
  • Oracle pzd
    Hands down NYC if you care about anything other than tech career.
    May 15 0
  • Dropbox drl/
    Wise choice grasshoppa..
    May 15 1
    • CenturyLink ml7hsg6
      OP
      Haha thank you!!
      May 15
  • Juniper Pliny Jr
    Don't forget the NYC 5 burrough City Tax. That's a good sized hit....enough to move across the river to Jersey.
    May 15 0
  • Verizon Media sxSG85
    NYC. Live in Brooklyn/Queens or Jersey. If you want to live in Manhattan then good luck
    May 15 0
  • New gQPD62
    Lol is this even a question. If youre a softie probably just stay at sf since over here we'll chew you alive
    May 15 0