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35 Reasons Living In New York City Ruins You For Life

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1. You're used to crossing the road even when cars are coming because YOU STOP FOR NO ONE.

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2. There's no urban getaway quite like the Highline.

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3. Nor a lunch deal as amazing as the local halal cart.

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4. Even if you can't afford high-fashion prices, window-shopping can be an adventure all on its own.

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5. Central Park is beautiful at any time of the year.

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6. You're able to see amazing street art in every corner...

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7. ...paintings at the MoMA that everyone else only gets to see in textbooks...

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8. ...and the newest, hippest art at the galleries in Chelsea.

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9. There are so many iconic locations that you basically live inside your favorite TV show.

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10. Instead of watching your favorite shows on Netflix, you can actually go see them in person.

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11. And braving the crowds of Times Square is worth it just to see that one musical.

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12. You're always a half a block away from an amazing coffee shop.

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13. You can find any kind of food, from artisanal takeout...

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14. ... to the pizza at Grimaldi's...

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15. ... to ramen (and NOT just the kind that comes from a package).

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16. The best part of your day is basically any time you glance out the window.

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17. You can go see one of the best baseball teams of all time, any time.

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18. If you're more in the mood for a basketball game, then Barclays Center is THE spot...

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19. ... and you can hang around in Brooklyn after the game for a local beer.

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20. You're minutes away from some of the most iconic jazz clubs in the country.

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21. And with endless affordable music, improv, and open mic spots, there's almost never an excuse to stay in.

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22. Public transportation runs around the clock, and you don't realize the convenience until you move somewhere else.

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23. You'll never get over going to a party on someone's rooftop and having the best part be the view.

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24. NYC is a place that welcomes people just as they are.

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25. NYC street style is always on fleek.

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29. You'll never find a used bookstore as well-stocked as The Strand.

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30. Or a better place to read than the New York Public Library.

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31. No bagel will ever top an NYC bagel. EVER.

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32. The Brooklyn Bridge is still breathtaking, even if you've lived in the city for years.

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33. New Yorkers, contrary to some urban legends, are some of the friendliest people you're likely to meet.

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34. And you know that ultimately New Yorkers have a lot of heart.

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35. And that's why no matter where you go, the city will always be your home.

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