I'm Moving: Brooklyn or Boston?!

  • accelcar

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    Aug 12, 2013 1:58 PM GMT

    I am a 34 year old, self-employed guy seeking to move either to Boston or Brooklyn (probably Williamsburg). Either city would be affordable for me, and at this point in my life, I would really like to meet Mr. Right.

    Someone recently advised me, “Don’t move to New York - you’ll be single for the rest of your life.”

    I have friends and contacts in both places, but much more so in Boston. So, moving to Brooklyn would also mean establishing new social contacts.

    I’ve been going through the pros and cons of each place in my mind, and could use some thoughtful advice. Thanks guys!
  • PR_GMR

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    Aug 12, 2013 3:54 PM GMT
    Can't fully answer your question. But my experience so far in Brooklyn is that I've been a year.. and yep, I'm still single.
  • FitGwynedd

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    Aug 12, 2013 4:04 PM GMT
    I would give a thumb for a chance to live in either of those cities. I have a slight preference for Brooklyn, but Boston is amazing as well.
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    Aug 12, 2013 4:18 PM GMT
    Brooklyn is my favorite place in America (I'm a tad biased living here my whole life) but I haven't been around Boston enough to have an informed opinion of it.

    Shoot me a message if you have any questions at all about BK.
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    Aug 12, 2013 4:46 PM GMT
    don't plan to move somewhere where you think you'll find a boyfriend, it won't work like that... i mean, yes, there are more hot guys in new york than anywhere esle in the states, but if you're meant to meet someone - you'll meet him even in cheyenne, wyoming while living by yourself in the woods.
    if i had to choose between boston and new york - no questions, i say brooklyn.
  • PR_GMR

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    Aug 12, 2013 5:55 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidI lived in Brooklyn for more than ten years and I honestly think it's a great place to live.


    After a full year of living here.. I'm beginning to dig it. icon_smile.gif
  • neosyllogy

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    Aug 12, 2013 5:59 PM GMT
    Well what kind of people are you interested in meeting and hanging out with (romantically or platonically)?

    I can't say anything about Brooklyn, but Boston has a thriving geek and academically oriented community. It's very much influenced by the college culture and people that brings in. So that's at least a cultural factor to take into account for better or worse depending on your interests.
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    Aug 12, 2013 8:25 PM GMT
    Boston is a great city, but so is NY. While we're considered fast pasted, I don't think we match Brooklyn's speed. Boston's a very diverse city with a lot going on. People tend to think we're cold, but we just give space. You need to meet people through groups and connections here. Don't just think you can walk up to someone and say hello with no reason; it freaks people out.

    In Boston it's not who you know but what you know. Get 10 people together and you'll probably have about 25 degrees between them.
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    Aug 12, 2013 9:19 PM GMT
    Well Brooklyn is enjoying a huge revival after decades of high crime and very bad moves.It is an expensive place to live but it has a lot of good things about it.There are a lot of improvements planned for the next few years.I always wanted to go to Boston but have never made it yet lol.My family lived in Brooklyn for over 120 years from the time it was an independant city to it's worst days from the late 1960's to the late 1980's.Ryan
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    Aug 12, 2013 9:21 PM GMT
    Why are you limiting yourself to those 2 places?
  • LJay

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    Aug 12, 2013 9:28 PM GMT
    Boston and Boston, in that order.

    Fascinating city, interesting people, dripping with culture and diversity.

    Of course, so is Brooklyn, but Boston has a mood about it that is just amazing.
  • LJay

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    Aug 12, 2013 10:29 PM GMT
    Lord_Trollileo said
    Aristoshark said
    matt45710 saidBoston is a great city, but so is NY. While we're considered fast pasted, I don't think we match Brooklyn's speed. Boston's a very diverse city with a lot going on. People tend to think we're cold, but we just give space. You need to meet people through groups and connections here. Don't just think you can walk up to someone and say hello with no reason; it freaks people out.

    In Boston it's not who you know but what you know. Get 10 people together and you'll probably have about 25 degrees between them.

    Yes but you people are the worst drivers on the planet. The. Worst. Any. Where.
    I kind of have to agree with this.


    Public tranportation is pretty good in Boston and, agreeing with Sharky and Trolli, if you value your life you will use it. Traffic is hideous. Parking is usurious.

    I know of a woman who was making a fat buck in Boston and who kept her 25-year-old car out in the suburbs. She said that no one in their right mind would ever drive in Boston, let alone drive a newer car. Take the T.
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    Aug 13, 2013 2:05 AM GMT
    I go to NYC several times a year, have never lived there. I lived in Boston this entire summer and moving back to Florida next week. I will say out the of the Northeast, Boston is my favorite.

    It is a small-big city, meaning you have big city jobs in a small town feel.

    Sports are a big deal and lots of fun if you're into that, the people take pride in their teams.

    Many enclaves and authentic ethnic food, as well as a variety of people that encompass the population. I loved this, the choice of food and races is always entertaining in more than one way. You get to meet people with different beliefs/looks, and also try out amazing food.

    The city is expensive, but I'm sure Brooklyn is worse.

    I think Boston is a great place to build a career, or boost your current career track.

    Besides, if you just want the club-scene and variety of NYC, go for the weekend! Only four hours away on a bus, $15-25 dollars each way icon_wink.gif
  • accelcar

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    Aug 13, 2013 4:04 PM GMT
    Hey guys, thanks so much for the responses and input so far! I'm sure that either would be an awesome place to live - I guess I just have such a negative picture of what my love life would be like living in Brooklyn. My New York friends seem to struggle so much with dating and finding anything of substance, while my Boston friends are almost all coupled up or married.