Nov 15, 2010

9 Reasons...New York vs. Los Angeles (per Guest of a Guest)

As a bicoastal bunny I read this list with fascination because most of the items NY-ers deem negative about LA and vice versa are usually the things I find I love the most or are bigger issues in the city doing the complaining!   Also, so many of the things that are listed as negatives in LA are actually SO MUCH WORSE in New York- traffic, parking, taxis, snobs, food....and how can you possibly think NY has more 'going on'?   New York is just a LOT more people desperate for whatever it is in life they are frantically chasing after, so much  so that they will put up with crazy traffic, insane real estate prices and godawful weather just to be able to stay in the city.   Yick.   Quality of life over hustle and bustle, dirt and grime any day!

Oh yeah, and GO LAKERS!!!

You can read each article, but I also included them in full in this blog
9 Reason We're Glad We Don't Live in LA
9 Reasons We're Glad We Don't Live in NYC

9 Reasons We're Glad We Don't Live In LA (And One Reason Why We Wish We Did)

Nov 10, 2010 3:26 pm
Charlotte Ronson's quote from earlier this morning really got us thinking: Can we imagine actually living in Los Angeles instead of New York? Well we can imagineit, but we don't like to.-
It's no secret that America's two biggest cities have a bit of a rivalry. And sometimes we get pretty jealous when Rachelle gets to leave New York for LA's balmier skies.  But instead of being jealous of LA's 72 degree weather, we're putting our envy to good use, and listing all the reasons we're glad to live here, and not there.
We polled our ex-pat Angeleno friends, and came up with some pretty compelling reasons.
Don't worry: we're fully expecting a rebuttal from GofG LA.
1. Traffic
After a hard day of work and an hour in the 110, not even the best radio station/podcast/mix/book-on-tape can distract us from claustrophobia and indiscriminate rage. Even happily single twenty-somethings find themselves with a sudden urge to procreate, just so they can use the mother effing carpool lane. [via]
2. Parking
Didn't you know? Parking is actually ten times more obnoxious than traffic. Because worse than being unable to arrive at your destination, is having to circle the block 30 times until someone pulls out. Or finding a metered parking spot when you don't have change.  Or being towed, because at 8:00 the spot becomes a tow zone, and it's 8:03.
3.  No autumn leaves, or Christmas snow.
Ever notice how in LA, people really go all out on Christmas decorations? It's because they have to make up for the fact that sunny beach weather isn't exactly Christmas-y. Pumpkins next to palm trees? Doesn't really work. And the whole LA trend of wearing scarves and mittens and hats and Uggs when it's 59 degrees out is just obnoxious. We'd gladly trade weather with LA in February and March, but November and December in New York are perfectly chilly and cozy. [via]
4.  You think Williamsburg is obnoxious? Try Silver Lake.
In the land of sunshine and superficiality, they have to work extra hard to be appropriately moody and alternative. New Yorkers don't take LA arts seriously, but that's ok because the hipsters take it seriously enough for everyone. [via]
5. Cabs as a Necessity, and not a luxury.
LA makes it nearly impossible to "stop by for a few drinks", because you always know you have to drive home.  It means someone in your group always has to be a designated driver (lame), or you have to get a taxi, which are way more expensive than the New York counterparts!
6. Even "The City" was more respectable than "The Hills"
The most hated character on "The Hills" was a girl who dropped her friends and family for a smarmy, celebrity-seeking manipulative guy who encouraged her to get plastic surgery until she was no longer recognizable. The most hated character on "The City" had a job, ambition, a boyfriend that she kept off-camera. Also, though The Kardashians and The Millionaire Matchmaker have both, unfortunately, moved to New York, we'd like to point out that they are 100% products of LA! [via]
7. New York City has better coffee, and EVERY coffee shop has free wireless.
I feel so bad for LA screenwriters, having to put up with the horrible coffee at Coffee Bean And Tea Leaf just to enjoy free wireless. Some cafes in LA have it, but most don't--infuriating! New York has a cool, independent coffee shop on every block, but even our cheapest coffee is better than the LA equivalent. (Dunkin Donuts for the win!)
8.  "I don't want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light."
Woody Allen said it best! OF course, we'd be naive to completely discount LA's arts scene, which has some of the best theater, opera, and music in the country. But at best it matches New York--doesn't beat it. And for every impressive LA museum (The Getty, MOCA), Brooklyn has 10 and Manhattan has 20.
9. Everything is happening in New York!
When we're in New York, we hardly ever hear of something happening in LA and get bummed to be missing it. When we're in LA, there are always 100 things going on in NY that we're missing out on. This week alone, the VH1 Awards, The Guggenheim Gala, The Glamour's Women Of The Year Awards, and The Victoria Secret Fashion Show. And it's only Wednesday!
and one reason we're jealous...
The Mexican Food
We just ordered from La Esquina today. They were out of avocados. What. The. Hell.
Alright Team LA, hit us with your best shot!

9 Reasons We're Glad We Don't Live In NYC (Our Response To GofG NYC)

Nov 11, 2010 5:05 pm
Yesterday, our NYC office decided toenumerate the reasons they're glad they don't live in L.A. citing the many aspects about their hometown they feel are superior. Did we detect a hint of bitterness in their words written from the office they're holed up in to keep warm in the city's chilly 50° temps as we read them outside in a t-shirt next to the pool?Absolutely. We're used to the slights and put-downs about L.A. from jealous parties, but in this case we felt compelled to respond accordingly. [Photo via]
We polled some once pasty ex-New Yorkers now living here who have since achieved a healthy golden glow and compiled our own list of reasons we're glad we don't live in NYC and are fortunate enough to call L.A. home.
1. Because I'm writing this poolside from my backyard, wearing my GAP floral print boxer shorts in November.
As much as New Yorkers claim to love the seasons, Ugg boots and coats are a necessity for them, and merely a matter of fashion taste (however misguided) for us. Our beautiful 72ยบ average and endless sunny days grant us freedom from the issue of outerwear, and whether a place has a reliable coat check doesn't dictate where we choose to go out at night. It's got to sting for NYC when we're having outdoor holiday parties while they're laying on the floor of the American Airlines terminal at JFK because they're grounded waiting for the blizzard to pass.[Photo via
2. Living situations.
Rent for a New York City apartment with a makeshift wall dividing the one bedroom with a cockroach problem into a "double" for you and your roommate could get you a lovely hardwood floor apartment twice the size that is actually one bedroom—not a studio—in a quaint area of West Hollywood. Because the dollar gets you so much more out here, L.A.'s first-year assistants don't have to live like college freshmen even though their yearly salary is $10-15k less than the NYC third-year junior publicist who's about to get promoted.
3. Times Square.
GofG NYC's reason that Silver Lake's moody hipster quotient is more obnoxious than Williamsburg's is a matter of opinion and we'd counter the opposite. But that doesn't even matter since NYC has Times Square, which is arguably the most obnoxious place on earth.[Photo via]
4. Weed.
A few days ago, our governor said "I mean, no one cares if you smoke a joint or not" with regard to California's marijuana laws. Being caught with up to an ounce of Cali's finest now carries the same weight and consequences as a speeding ticket. On paper our laws may not be much different from NYC's, but the general regard for possession of weed here is very lax and the frequency of Los Angelites between the ages 18 and 40 of who are members of the Cannabis Club, or are supplied regularly by a friend who is, is comparable to that of those who are lefties. Even with the shutter of hundreds of shops after the city ordinance passed in June, there are still plenty within a reasonable distance of any given location. Plus, everyone knows our sticky green, which is indeed sticky, is of the highest quality.
5. Everyone likes "Entourage" better than "How To Make It In America".
Do you even know the show I'm talking about? Had to think about it for a second? Exactly. That's because HBO's series that was meant to be the NYC version of "Entourage" paled in comparison. Instead of being the pretty brunette New Yorker sister to the hit Hollywood show, it was more like the redheaded stepchild. Sure, Bryan Greenberg was the star and Kid Cudi was sort of in it, but we have Sloan, Debi Mazar who kills it as Shauna, Scott Caan, porn star-cum-legit it girl actress Sasha Grey, and Ari Gold.
6. In Response to GofG NYC's #6The only reason there was a hit primetime MTV show based in NYC was because Whitney Port moved there from L.A.
"The City" was probably more respectable than "The Hills." I stopped watching after season 1 because I was bored so I'll take Chiara's word for it. But guess who brought "The City" to NYC? Whitney Port, who is also a 100% born and bred product of L.A. So you're welcome, New York. [Photo via]
7. The Lakers: the team, the games, & the fans
Need we say more? Okay fine. They're only the best franchise in the NBA, with 16 championship titles, two of which they won the last two years in a row. Kobe. Pau. Derek. Artest. Bynum. Plus Lamar and Shannon, not to mention Phil mothereffing Jackson. It's widely accepted that attending a Lakers game is an exceptional experience, even for someone who isn't into sports since the crowd of Lakers fans is by far the best looking of all the teams in the NBA and the chances of seeing Leo, a Beckham or your favorite rock star, in addition to Jack Nicholson, is a guarantee. The Knicks? Whatever. I prefer my players not be butt buddies with Anna Wintour. This is the NBA, not tea time at Bergdorf's. VIVA LOS LAKERS!!! [Photo via]
8. Our Mexican food is actually made by Mexicans.
Not Puerto Ricans. And it's delicious. Great Mexican food can be found in L.A. as easily as a greasy slice of pizza in NYC. And our Mexican establishments would never run out of avocado. That would be blasphemous. In fact, avocado is plentiful here and served at almost every restaurant, on top of burgers, in salad, omelets, you name it.[Photo via]
9. Because you can live in the same place for years and never once have an encounter with your neighbors.
Literally. My family has lived in the same house for 20+ years and no one's ever met two of the four surrounding neighbors. It's awesome. In NYC you have an intimate knowledge of what your neighbors are up to whether you want to or not. Generally you don't want to. PS: it goes both ways; they know about all of your shit too.  And then you have to interact with them in the elevators and stuff. Awkward.
And our reason we sometimes wish we lived in NYC:
We think we speak for all Angelenos when we say that it would be so nice not to HAVE to drive a car. Especially when we want to go out and drink. It would also be nice if our nightlife didn't have a citywide 2am curfew.

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