New here, but wanted to add my humble opinion as a native (and growingly jaded) New Yorker. Yes, we know NYC is the stereotypical and I believe the definitive metropolis. But....it's a wonderful living experience if you are young, want to experience the excitement, willing to commit to the the struggles of everyday city life (that when young can add to the overall "city" vibe), and have a great opportunity to work and/or study. Other than that...ehh. Everyone who I meet and absolutely loves city life (in NYC- and by that we mean Manhattan and nowadays Brooklyn ) is young, not a native New Yorker, and seems to idealize the lifestyle. This is just what I have encountered and is not reflective of previous posts. Believe me, my DH and I are true NYers, we love the history and the boroughs, but we see a sad decline and change (which is also part of the city's history). I guess that happens when you've been here close to 40 yrs. Ironically, NY can be the most isolating city in the world and at times the least accepting (even w/all the people & diverse culture). The link to the report, previously posted, is how my husband and I have been feeling for some time. Good Luck w/your decision. There are pros and cons in every situation, but if you get along well w/your family and will have that support in Seattle, well, I think that's something that should be really considered.
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2/13/09 at 12:55pm