Friday, July 27, 2012

Top 5 Reasons to Settle in NYC

New York City may be frantically busy, competitive and crowded, and it’s definitely not the cheapest place to live, but it has its own unique features that make it an exciting, compelling and an all-around special choice as a home. Here are five reasons that often persuade visitors to stay, and that make residents of NYC think it’s the Big Apple of their eye.

Vibrant city life

NYC is an important business hub and a challenging place to work. World-class companies have headquarters or major operations here, including the American International Group, Deloitte & Touche and Sony Corporation of America. The prestige associated with working for a while in NYC certainly enhances the average résumé.

Shopping and style

Major New York department stores include Saks, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, where designer clothing reigns supreme, however, there are also affordable denim stores, craft stores and specialty shops dotted around the city. The flea markets are great fun to browse, with everything from retro clothing to antique jewelry, plus, there’s usually a food stall or two serving mouthwatering delicacies to hungry shoppers. Hester Street Fair and Brooklyn Flea are among the best, and Dekalb Market has live music and regular dance parties, roller-skating and bike-in movies.

Fabulous cuisine

It seems like anyone can find any kind of food somewhere in NYC. Critics regularly review the best restaurants across all cuisines. For high-end Italian cooking Del Posto on Tenth Avenue is often recommended, whilst the wine list at Il Buco’s on Bond Street is considered one of the best in the city. The acclaimed Shun Lee West on West Sixty-Fifth Street presents top-notch Chinese fare amidst an atmosphere of refined opulence, with prices to match; part of an expanding chain, Grand Sichuan is located on Ninth Avenue and serves Szechuan food at affordable prices – it has an avid following among NYC’s residents.

Arts and culture

In NYC locals and visitors can experience a wealth of arts events and cultural attractions. There are so many fabulous exhibitions, musicals, theater shows, concerts and festivals – particularly in the summer months – that it’s enough to encourage folks to move out, put their furniture into NYC storage and find a little apartment, simply to enjoy the best of the city’s excellent cultural offering. World-class institutions include the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History. Then there’s a real buzz in Times Square, with its brightly illuminated and often animated LED and neon signs, where the music halls and theaters sit shoulder to shoulder with exclusive upscale hotels.

Music and nightlife

Just like shopping and eating out, music comes in a wide variety of styles and prices. Jazz and blues clubs, outdoor festivals, rock clubs and concert halls are found all over the city, and there are free music venues as well as ticketed ones. Among the top dance clubs is the award-winning Cielo on Little West Twelfth Street, which boasts a sunken dance floor and a string of top DJs. Reaching for the stars is the unusual rooftop venue Le Bain, at the top of the Standard Hotel on West Thirteenth Street, where international jocks and NYC favorites create great sounds for enthusiastic dance crowds.

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SoHo Accessories said...

Another reason to settle in NYC...the people..take it from someone that lives here. :>)

Celestial Charms said...

So true! As a native New Yorker, now transplanted in Texas...I miss all that is unique and special about NYC. There truly is no place in the world like it. Have a great weekend.

nycstylelittlecannoli said...

Very true Barbara The people are just amazing as I have met so many wonderful ones each time I visit.

I am do glad to be able to bring a little bit of NY back to you Maureen while you are in Texas!!

Unknown said...

I love my city and all its charms. It's always nice to step away to see other spaces but I'm biased to say there is no other like the Big Apple. : )

Great post Rosemary! XO

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