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    Posted May 4, 2012 by
    Los Angeles, California
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    City smackdown: I heart New York

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    A lifelong Angelino loves New York City


    I was born and raised in Los Angeles. Most people enjoy the summer-like weather year-round, nearby beaches, mountains and a handful of the world's most famous attractions in L.A.... if you can get there. For someone born with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), driving is not an option. The few times I've driven, my brain gets distracted thinking about something else and Bam! I've just crashed into another car while my eyes were on the road the entire time and no cell phone to blame it on. So to get around I need a chauffeur, a taxi, a good friend who will drive me around town or public transportation. Los Angeles has one of the worst public transit systems in the world! And I whole-heartedly understand why tourists prefer New York City over Los Angeles.

    My love affair with NYC began in 2000 while attending the first Trixie Belden convention in New York. While it was held outside of NYC, getting there was relatively easy. No need for me to hire someone to get me there as the fabulous train system they've built was easy enough. Prior to the convention, I stayed in NYC and I loved it! All attractions are nearby, either walking distance or by hopping on the subway. The cultural diversity the city has is even more evident than in L.A. You get to meet people from all walks of life that are just as awed about you as you are about them.


    New York fashion is tasteful and impeccable without spending a fortune. A lesson I learned from Wall Street executives haggling with a street vendor on a cloudy afternoon: "Only West Coast folks pay full price" they said. And yes,  I'll take 5th Avenue any day over Rodeo Drive too.

    In Los Angeles I depend on street vendors for good food. New York City is not only full of street vendors but their restaurants actually serve really good food. In L.A. I usually get the sense that I'm paying for the restaurant Chef's creativity rather than the taste and authenticity of the food.

    So why am I still living in L.A.? Because despite all of its flaws, it's still home. And with all the virtues that New York City has... "Home is where the Heart is".

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