Why do people enjoy working in NYC?

Neurocrine gomv61
Jul 17 41 Comments

Most offices are compact, no big campuses as in the Bay, most office spaces feel like bpo centers where people sit really close to each other, and the rents are super high so most can't afford to live in the city. Even if you do, you get a tiny apartment for $3-4k per month. Driving is a pain and the subway stinks. If you choose to stay in Brooklyn or JC, the commute is around 60mins average door to door. Winter gets bad and the city also has a lot of homeless people around every other corner.

Why do people like to work in NYC? Please mention if you have worked or are currently working in NYC. For those who made the move to/from NYC, are you happy?

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TOP 41 Comments
  • New $€£
    NYC >>> Bay Area for single people. And most families would probably rather not live in either of these two places.
    Jul 17 3
    • Indeed itxu
      why for single people? I
      Jul 17
    • Earnin / Eng kOXA14
      Because it's a sausage fest in the bay area
      Jul 17
    • Indeed itxu
      ny has some hot ass females I still remember one subway ride blew my fucking mind
      Jul 17
  • Microsoft hkbest
    There are a lot more fun things to do in the city such as going to museums, going to different restaurants and watching different shows. Also, New York City is very walkable so you don't even need a car there. So you rarely see any fat people in New York City
    Jul 17 2
    • Stopped reading after you said museums are fun
      Jul 17
    • Starbucks / Eng thatbean
      Totally agree with hkbest
      Jul 17
  • IBM / Eng namastayyy
    I have a studio in LIC it's 2450 TC 117k but I get laid every week from dating apps so there's that. I don't enjoy it but someone has to do it
    Jul 17 6
    • IBM / Eng namastayyy
      yea dude
      Jul 17
    • IBM / Eng namastayyy
      Well I use cmb hinge and tinder
      Jul 17
    • Fanatics / Eng Fan123
      Are you Indian? Assuming bc of username. Dating apps are a complete waste of time for Indian dudes in the Bay Area based on my & friends experience
      Jul 17
    • IBM / Eng namastayyy
      I'm white lolol lol
      Jul 17
    • Microsoft hkbest
      Yeah, White privilege for dating.
      Jul 17
  • Microsoft msftpotato
    sex
    Jul 17 0
  • Susquehanna International / Eng Kristaps11
    Cost of living is easily lower in nyc. Depending on where you work you can walk to work. More diversity and culture. Dating is better for both sides. Food is better.

    Benefits of Bay would be better weather, easier access to outdoors stuff, more space, and more earning potential on average if you’re in tech.
    Jul 17 1
    • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
      Weather is the only thing going for Bay Area
      Jul 17
  • Kaiser Permanente QqOm60
    It’s actually cheaper for 1 person than SF
    Jul 17 4
    • Pandora zOpL58
      Yeah I 100% agree with this. New York is comically expensive, particularly manhattan.
      Jul 17
    • Delphix / Eng Qeou08
      @pandora, they are saying nyc is cheaper than sf.
      Jul 17
    • Pandora zOpL58
      Oh lol
      Jul 17
    • Pandora zOpL58
      I disagree, lived in both places but ymmv
      Jul 17
  • Slalom Consulting / IT
    Girthy

    Slalom Consulting IT

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    InVision, Shutterstock, WeWork, AppNexus
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    Girthymore
    Been here 10+ years, I'm over it but listing pros and cons for those interested.

    Pros: food scene is amazing, warehouse parties in BK, DJ scene is excellent, walkable, everything is fast from ordering Food to stores, dating is mixed (depends by app) but better than SF, always something to do but it will cost you, subways go everywhere, strong tech community, smart coworkers (in tech related industry), good pay (more so in tech),

    Cons: renting or having a car is extremely difficult, public transportation is efficient about 10% of the time (I take a ferry which is very efficient but not everyone will shell out 400 a month when you live a mile from NYC), it's expensive for everything, most grocery stores suck unless you have traders or whole foods, it's disgusting in the summer (especially subways), it's extremely dirty in general, apt hunting is a nightmare, living in the city is doable but you'll have to settle for a box (much better to live in LIC, BK, HBKN, Queens if you want to actually save any money), minimal access to beaches or hiking without a long-winded traffic filled very expensive process (the Rockaways do not count as beaches as moving needles away from your towel is not ideal, awful traffic in every direction/location and bridge/tunnel at all times of day (I'm in traffic at the time of writing this)

    Unless state or federal govt does something about the subways and actually commits to finding modern infrastructure it'll only get worse here, fun fact Penn Station tunnels are literally crumbling to the point that they have to redirect trains away from it so ppl in NJ and LI can't always make it to the city lol I'm glad that's not me
    Jul 17 0
  • Microsoft $€£¥
    Cheaper rent than bay. No need for car so save on car payment, parking and gas. And paradise for single guys compared to anywhere in the west coast.
    Jul 17 0
  • New wwyd
    No earthquakes.
    Jul 17 0
  • Neurocrine gomv61
    OP
    So here's what I gather:
    1. Better dating options
    2. Marginally cheaper col than Bay
    3. Better diversity
    4. Save on car and related expenses

    Anything I missed?
    Jul 17 1
    • Bloomberg / Eng 7bd92"
      Hot weather during summer, during which females wear next to nothing and the beach water is comfortable without a wetsuit. This almost never happens in the Bay. Plus far better nightlife, live music and arts scenes

      You definitely don't need a car in the Bay Area, unless you live in the South Bay. Contrary to popular belief on Blind, Bay Area transit is actually more efficient than its NYC counterpart: https://smartasset.com/mortgage/best-cities-for-public-transportation

      I'm almost split on NYC and SF, but still think I like SF slightly better.
      Jul 17
  • Bank of America Private Bank / IT hard work
    Work environment here is very toxic, it is like “Bell & Bill”
    Especially In financial companies, tech people are treated like janitors
    Jul 17 1
    • Google spidey12
      Post is about location not companies. You can find shitty companies in any location
      Jul 17
  • New / Eng snackse
    Bruh! The dating scene is 🔥🔥 in NYC. Unlike Man Jose.
    Jul 17 0
  • Facebook / Design helentwain
    Lived in NYC for a while and I loved the culture, art and the vibrance. Not to forget the food.

    After a few month I started to hate it. It’s dirty, tight and very consume oriented because everything you can do costs money. For me it’s not a city to live in. The climate is very to extreme, rarely moderate.

    Bay Area has more space for people that actually want to grow as a person. I believe NYC is attracting people who can’t be alone very well and tend to have FOMO. What’s weird bc it might only get stronger in NYC.
    Jul 17 0
  • EY / Consultant
    ilikeaway

    EY Consultant

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    ilikeawaymore
    I lived in California for significant time and now work in nyc. Honestly I love it here. The competitive attitude in tech in Bay Area was killing me. You go to a bar or restaurant or any place, you find only techie people. Diversity is less. Imho life is bigger than just tech. I’m Nyc, people are very talkative because everyone walks on the streets, rides subways. People are more approachable. You will meet so many people for so many backgrounds, you grow as a person. 4 seasons, take away the mundane life in Cali where it’s always sunny. Winters are fun if you look at it that way. So many different activities. You appreciate weather more.
    Jul 17 0
  • Capital One TeYa61
    It honestly sucks here. I’ve been here more than 10 years and look very forward to the day I can say “good bye” to this place.
    Jul 17 3
    • Google spidey12
      Reasons?
      Jul 17
    • Bloomberg / Eng 7bd92"
      Why haven't you already left? There are top tier tech jobs in the Bay and Seattle as well
      Jul 17
    • Capital One TeYa61
      Too expensive, too many angry, high strung people, oppressive work culture. I’m probably a little later in my life/career than others here, but overall, it’s a terrible place to have a family. In order to afford a place big enough for a kid to have their own room and have access to good schools, I spend 3 to 4 hours per day in commuting, round trip. Primarily, the reason I haven’t left is that my spouse has a stable local government job and family in the area, so there’s a bit of gravity in that regard. When your priority set changes from chasing girls and closing bars, to looking for a stable, long-term arrangement, this place loses its appeal very quickly. My biggest issue is that I’ve been here long enough that I don’t know what a good salary would look like elsewhere. It seems like even lateral TC moves are unreasonable outside this area when speaking with recruiters, and my current TC is ~150K.
      Jul 22
  • Booking.com jhhukay
    to tell everyone that they work in NYC, as if we are all baby boomers that still care about this sort of shit
    Jul 17 0
  • TripAdvisor hodlbtc
    When was living before:
    1. yes
    2. Not marginal, about 12% less
    3. not sure about this
    4. yes, renting a car is very expensive
    5. commuting time can be less because things are close by, transporting is better
    6. no mugging, broken car windows,
    gunshots at night like some parts of the bay
    Jul 17 3
    • Neurocrine gomv61
      OP
      I don't agree with 6. Shootings around NYC area are not unheard of.
      Jul 17
    • TripAdvisor hodlbtc
      yeah, but you have to basically look for crime, like being deep in the bronx at 3 AM

      Where in the bay, you can get your car window broken in front of your house, that‘s the difference
      Jul 17
    • Neurocrine gomv61
      OP
      Oh I wasn't aware of that. That sounds ridiculous.
      Jul 17