Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Click here for a New Yorker's perspective on Los Angeles, as seen in Annie Hall.
So far, the worst part about moving to Los Angeles is telling New Yorkers that you are moving to Los Angeles.*
Sure, we have received tons of love and support from friends and family for taking this next step in our life. But not without a little friendly backlash. First, no one wants you to leave the city because it would be more fun for them if you stayed put. (A reasonable reaction, admittedly). Second, no one in New York understands why you would want to move out of the best city in America to--of all places--LA.
Upon sharing our news, here are some sample responses we have received from fellow New Yorkers:
“Why would you want to move there?”
“Are you sure?”
“How are you going to find a job?”
“LA is fine to visit...but to live there? I dunno.”
“I know this girl who moved to LA and she hated it and was back in three months. Said it was the worst experience of her life.”
I consider New York and Los Angeles to be very two different cities, and that is okay. Dan and I are not looking to recreate our New York experience in Los Angeles. We are actively seeking to change our lifestyle. (Although I am sure plenty of Angelenos would mock our serious conversations about trying to get by with one car and our hopes of taking public transportation to work. Let us enjoy our ignorance for a little while, please!)
I think people would be more understanding if we said we were moving to Europe. In terms of coolness, Europe is on par with New York City. As for California, San Francisco would be a more acceptable choice. New Yorkers love San Francisco because they perceive it as a quaint West Coast version of New York. We would get more love if we said Portland because even though no one has actually been to Portland, everyone thinks they want to live in Portland. Even when we were toying around with the idea of New Orleans, people were into it since Northerners find anything south of Virginia to be foreign and exotic.
Mention Los Angeles, on the other hand, and there is a lot of well-meaning head scratching and grimaces.
I know there is supposed to be a rivalry between the two cities, but this is simply not true. Because to most New Yorkers, LA is not even on the radar. It doesn’t even come close. How can there be a rivalry when one side is oblivious to the other?
And when you put the city on their radar, by saying things, “I am leaving you for this inferior-to-New-York place,” they just don’t get it. You might as well be moving to Ohio.**
Since it makes no sense to them, they try to come up with logical solutions that would meet their needs and yours, such as:
“Why don’t you just move to Brooklyn?”
*Disclaimer 1: This may or may not be an exaggeration.
**Disclaimer 2: I am sure Ohio is just lovely.
Just for fun: Some other places where we considered moving.
Posted by Yvonne at 4:42 PM