There are a lot of phenomenal cities in the world and New York is not only one of them, but to millions of people it is the best city in the world. There is something magical about NYC; it is filled with history, culture, art and life. There is a reason why people choose to live in shoebox apartments and pay crazy-high rent all for the opportunity to live in this incredible city.
For many people, living and even visiting New York City is a dream for them, and for many, it is a reality. The Big Apple has so much to offer and there are so many reasons why it is amazing that it was hard to pick just ten. However, we gave it our best shot to pinpoint the very best qualities New York has to offer.
There are countless reasons why New Yorkers have so much pride when it comes to their city. It truly is an incredible place and somewhere everyone should go at one point in their life. For those of you with the opportunity to start a life there, take it. It may seem scary and it will definitely be tough, but the knowledge and experience you will get from just being there will be worth it.
10. The Skyline
New York City has one of the most iconic skylines in the world, if not the most. Although it is not the birthplace of the skyscraper (Chicago is), this incredible city is known for its breathtaking architecture. There is the Chrysler building, The Empire State building and so many more stunning structures that make the city’s skyline what it is. People around the world flock to New York City to see many things and the skyline is absolutely one of those things. There is no other way to describe the New York City skyline other than inspiring; it truly is magnificent.
9. The Night Life
I am sure most of you have heard New York City being referred to as the city that never sleeps and there is a reason for that. New York City has some of the most epic nightlife in the entire world. Most American cities have last call at 2 am, but not in New York City. In NYC the party is only getting started at 2 am. The nightlife doesn’t even have to necessarily do with the club and bar scene. Restaurants, markets, hookup spots and holes in the wall are open into the wee hours of the morning – just another reason why this city is oh so wonderful.
8. Art and Theater
There are more theaters in New York City than there are anywhere else in the world. There are Broadway productions, off-Broadway productions as well as the New York Musical Theater Festival and The New York International Fringe Festival. New York is the best place for a lover of the theater (and all forms of art) to visit. With incredible museums such as The Met, Moma and The Whitney anyone who appreciates art will appreciate the New York City’s attractions. Let’s not forget about the stunning street art that can be seen throughout the city. New York City is art in itself and no artist can deny the powerful feeling they get when walking through this city.
7. Subway System
To many, the subway stations seem extremely intimidating. However, once you get the hang of it there is no easier way of getting around this exciting city. There are subway stations every few street corners, and while waiting you are more than guaranteed to experience an awesome subway performance. From musicians, to singers, to dancers and rappers, the New York City subway line is filled with talented artists trying to make it in this big bad city. If you are planning on visiting New York City, subways are your best bet at getting around in a quick, cheap and efficient way!
Right off the Island of Manhattan is Brooklyn, a cozy and trendy area that has been booming over the last few years. Neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Greenpoint have changed drastically over the last few years and are continuing to evolve. Brooklyn is family oriented and hip and has driven a lot of people to move off the island. With stunning views of the New York City skyline, phenomenal restaurants and countless activities such as the Brooklyn Flea Market, it’s easy to understand why people are moving there. Brooklyn is filled with incredible street art and has beautiful parks, baseball fields and tennis courts, giving you a homey feel so close to that crazy city.
5. The Music
We’re no longer talking about the talented subway performers but of some of the most famous musicians in the world. New York City not only inspired Bob Dylan but it inspired the entire punk rock movement. New York City is also home to hip-hop and is still able to throw it down better than any city. New York is where Clive Campbell “DJ Kool Herc” and MC Coke La Rock first collaborated break beats and Jamaican flavors over 40 years ago. This was the start of hip hop, a music genre that has since dominated the music charts. Big Daddy Kane, Run DMC, The Beastie Boys, Notorious BIG, Wu- Tang Clan, Nas, Jay-Z, ASAP Rocky and Nicki Minaj are just a few of the hip-hop artists to come out of the big apple.
4. Recognizable Pop Culture Reference Point
Almost every movie and television show is set in New York City. There are countless references made throughout pop culture history that have to do with the Big Apple. Iconic television shows such as Friends and Sex and the City gave viewers an image of what life as a New Yorker can be like, giving people around the world the idea to start their own life in the city. Films like Spider-Man are also set in New York City. There is something about the city that exudes power as well as a sense of dreaming.
3. The Linguistics/ Diversity
There are more languages being spoken in New York City on a daily basis than most people hear in their entire lifetime. Approximately 49% of all New Yorkers speak something besides English; from Spanish to French, Creole, Armenian and Yiddish. New York City is truly a universal melting pot of different cultures and languages. Since there is such a variety of languages spoken, it comes as no surprise that there are countless different kinds of restaurants you can indulge in throughout the city. From delicious French cuisine to mouth watering Cuban food, New York City is filled with variety.
2. The City is Constantly Evolving
One of the most incredible things about this city is that it is constantly evolving. Just when you think there is nothing more that can be done to the skyline they begin to add on to it. The restaurants, the clubs, the people and the hot neighborhoods are all constantly evolving. It is hard to stay still in this city, especially when it comes to business, art, music and fashion. People can live in New York City their entire lives and still be surprised on a daily basis. It is a city where people work hard, but most importantly this is a city where people make things happen.
1. You Can be Whoever You Want
A lot of people dream of moving to New York City for this reason alone. New York City has such a diverse group of people that no one really judges you. Whether you are part of the LGBT community or a struggling artist, no one will look at you crooked. You can work on Wall Street during the day and headline as a Drag Queen at night and no one will be fazed. Anyone can wear what they want, do what they want and pretty much be whoever they want. That is what is most incredible about this city, the people’s sense of acceptance. There is somewhere for everyone and people living here eventually find where they belong.