We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Like lots of media professionals (and fashion mavens, artists, musicians, et al.), I’ve penciled out the numbers for what it would mean to take a job in New York City. There’s barely enough room on the back of the envelope for subtracting the double-dose income tax hit from the city and state, and that’s before even adjusting for cost of living.
That’s one of the reasons I’m in Dallas. You know, Texas, the state that parlayed this year’s census data into four new House seats — pinching the two lost by the Empire State — because people actually want to live here.
Lots of Texas professionals love New York this way: fly in for $200 round trip, suck down the city’s beefy marrow of culture for a weekend and jet back to live cheap and pay no income tax. It’s all the pleasure and we keep our treasure.
Ayep. 'swhy I live here. I H8 NY myself. I have been there a couple of times and don't ever care to go back. I do know people who brave the TSA molestation to do a NY Christmas every year, and more power to 'em. I avoid the hassle. It is more fun to drive to Houston and visit the kids & grandkids than ever venture up that way again. So for y'all from here who want to go there and spend your money, have fun. It helps keep the economy going. Me? I think I'll stay closer to home and enrich the local economy at the nebulous price of lost culture.
Texans aren't the only ones who like New York that way. I rarely get up that way, which bothers me not at all, but if I were to go there, I could not conceive of being there any longer than to take in a few museums, maybe a show and a little sight seeing and then GET THE HELL OUT!
Taxes aren't the only reason I wouldn't live there. I wouldn't live in almost any big city. San Francisco is probably the most beautiful city I've visited, but besides being ridiculously expensive to live there, it sounds so out of control. I can probably only stomach about a week there at a time.
Most of the big cities are run by lefties and that is another reason I could never live there. Even Houston has a Demoncrat mayor.
I've interviewed for several jobs in NYC - barley commutable from my home. Each time, on the way home (a two-hour round-trip nightmare) I found myself hoping I didn’t get the job. Last time around, I turned the job down in favor of a lower paying job in NJ.
I find the “beefy marrow of culture” far more appetizing in the towns and cities of New Jersey as well as Philadelphia for many reasons. Taxes, tolls, parking, traffic, and smaller crowds to name a few.
Was never meant to be a big city, when we built it it was just a fortress guarding the river mouths, and a small trade post for trappers.
Should have remained that, but instead someone thought it a swell idea to build banks and stock exchanges there, fools the lot of them.
I've lived in NYC all my life (60 years), except for four years at college. It has its pluses and minuses like every place else. Biggest minus: liberal government. Biggest plus: lots of really great people. Out in the neighborhoods. To an amazing extent, compared to other places, people from all different backgrounds and socio-economic statuses intermingle (everybody really does take the subway), and get along. Second biggest plus: incredibly low crime.