I was recently in NYC for a quick lunch. This was the first time that I have been to NYC since moving to Chicago. And, as it is always a battle of who’s better, I offer the following notable differences between NYC and Chicago.
- Stench: as I walked out of Grand Central Station in NYC, the stench hit me first; Chicago’s has some malodorous attributes, but nothing like NYC. One point for Chicago.
- Cleanliness: I never get over how clean Chicago is (except for on Illinois under Michigan Ave.) and NYC can be described best through an experience I had a few years ago. I stayed downtown for 4 days at a friends apt (midtown). His balcony was supposed light gray, but when I stepped out onto his deck, black soot was caked all over it. He shared that it was power-washed once-a-month. And, when I got back to Maine my boogers were black, perhaps TMI, but it’s the truth. Point for Chicago.
- Theater: NYC wins this one by numbers, but Chicago has Second City, NYC can’t compete with that. No points.
- Cabbies: this is a toss up, both are reckless, but in my experience cabbies in NYC offer more intelligent conversations. Point for NYC.
- Fans: Chicago wins over NYC. NYC fans are wimps. Point for Chicago.
- Icon: No one beats Michael Jordan. Point for Chicago.
- Nightlife: Chicago wins this one too. It all comes down to vibe. There is not better nightlife vibe than in Chicago. Point for Chicago.
- Weather: NYC wins in a landslide. Chicago is brutal in the winter. Point for NYC.
- Homeless: Chicago homeless are extremely polite and proactive. Point for Chicago.
- Cost of living: NYC is almost impossible to live in, Chicago gets another point.
- Restaurants: tough call here. Both are known for their eateries. No point given.
Final score: NYC 2; Chicago 7