76-Second Travel Show: ‘Is San Francisco better than New York?’
The New Yorker cliche:
- After college, move to a crappy downtown Manhattan apartment and aim to change the world
- Enjoy the bars and frantic pace, then gradually get frustrated with your career and relationships
- Move to San Francisco
- Enjoy the outdoors more, take walks on beaches, daytrip to redwoods or wineries, eat lots of burritos
- Then bore friends to tears by comparing everything to New York, usually negatively (‘really? this restaurant closes at 9pm? that’d NEVER happen in New York’)
- Then move back within 5-8 years
The differences between the USA’s great two cities — easily the top two in most folks’ travel radar — are clear enough. One is like a grumpy boss that gets things done, the other like a pizza buddy with frumpy gingerbread homes.
Though I live in New York now (after the obligatory San Francisco interlude), I identified four key ways that the scale of goodness tips to the West Bay, including better coffee, airport transfers and subway maps — plus a far healthier connection to preserving the past, something that the legendary Castro Theater‘s organist David Hegarty chipped in on.
But which city is ultimately better? Any thoughts?