I want to live there when I'm older, but I don't know what it's like there... What is it like there?
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I lived in NYC most of my life. It is a very big city, and thus, very different in different parts. Midtown Manhattan is pretty commercial with lots of stores and neighborhoods. You feel like you live at the bottom of a chasm because there are tall buildings everywhere. (NYC is not like London, it has skyscrapers for miles and miles. There are more people than London. There is more danger too. It goes on FOREVER.) The lower part of Manhattan is much more fragmented with differing neighborhoods, some bad some good. The Village (part of lower Manhattan) is trendy and bohemian while Gotham (Midtown) is more like Bond Street in London - but amidst taller buildings.
The areas outside Manhattan are all very different. Brooklyn can be tough, nice, or downright dangerous. KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING. Brooklyn has a lot of ethnic neighborhoods. Small restaurants and lots of diversity. The Bronx is mostly dirty and poor. I wouldn't recommend it. Staten Island is blah and doesn't feel much like NYC. Queens is mainly residential (but much of Queens is like London).
Overall, I find the people there nice. There is a hustle and bustle that you find no where else. You never need to leave, you can buy anything anytime of the day or night. There are street vendors everywhere and people from every country in the world. While it is dirtier than London, it is also more dynamic. There is no shortage of things to do and places to discover.
It lacks London's charm but it is also not the sterile commercial city that many of the large cities around the world are. It takes a bit of getting used to. You need to find the places you like. Once you do you will enjoy it. And there are a LOT of people (22 million in the Metro area (includes New Jersey and parts of Long Island) and half the people you see during the daytime have commuted into the city for work. Having a lot of people means you will find friends.
Sorry, it is hard to describe it.1