Chicago, Washington D.C., Boston, NYC ?

  1. Hello everyone!
    As of late I have been meditatively considering where to move to next. Currently I am on a travel position to NC. I am originally from upstate NY.
    I am looking for a progressive location, with a vibrant life after work atmosphere. Hence all the above locations.I enjoy diversity, art, culture as well as an atmosphere where there is acceptance for all people without fear. Quality of life after work is important to me. It is also important to me to be able to walk out my front door and be greeted by "life happening". IE small boutiques, shops, coffee houses, neighborhood book stores and a strong sense of community spirit! I enjoy a neighborhood that is unique in its architecture.
    Obviously I also need to look at available nursing positions, rate of pay, cost of living, rents, crime rates and many other factors too numerous to list.
    I was about to start my investigations of the above areas when I had a bright idea ( why not post this on allnurses.com)
    So I am here posting asking for feedback from my fellow nurses and maybe some personnal experiences living in the above areas or for that matter if you have lived in areas similiar but unmentioned feel free to post that as well.
    Although my motives in posting this are self generated it did occur to me that if I was at this impasse maybe others are as well and with that in mind maybe we can help each other make a decision that can be mutually beneficial.
    Thanks to all !
    Yes, I am slightly eclectic but quite harmless if you ask me! hahahaahaah
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   Flynurse
    Well, I haven't been to most of those places.

    I could say honestly, NYC has everything you are looking for. However, its not a place I would like to live permanently. Living on Long Island for 2 years I still haven't gotten use to the way people drive out here, and this is only a fraction of what you have to deal with in The City. There is so much noise no matter what time of day and where you are. But I still LOVE NYC!

    If I had my choice, I would move to Bean Town (Boston for those of you who aren't up with nick names of cities ). Boston seems so quaint and not overbearing. I could certianly see myself living there amongst a city with rich history and a foreseeable future.

    But alas, my future is here on Long Island....to be continued!

    Last edit by Flynurse on Jul 7, '03
  4. by   passing thru
    Why not try Santa Fe, N.M. / You'll find boutiques, coffeehouses. cultural diversity, "neighborhood spirit", a whole city filled with unique architecture, more art museums than in Boston or D.C. , a real sense of community.....
    Really !
    Open up a little...
    ......Those 4 cities............they're so OLD.
    These little established neighborhoods offer a false sense of security and belonging, IMHO....

    Santa Fe is dynamic, energetic, has lots happening Year-round...it is a visual feast......360 degrees of it......
    interesting people....

    a artists and music mecca too.......
  5. by   PennyLane
    I lived in Boston for 3 years and I think you would be very happy there. Especially if you lived in Cambridge or Back Bay. I lived in Brighton, which is a bit further out (near BU), but I worked in Harvard Square. Their subway system (the T) is great. Oldest in the country, I think.

    The only bad thing is that it's rather expensive, but so is D.C., and, I would imagine, Chicago.

    The weather in Boston is not nearly as cold as you might think, because it is on the water. It does get nice and snowy in the winter, though, and there were a few days where it wouldn't get more than a few degrees above 0 Farenheit. It's only a few hours from great skiing and the beach.

    DC is also a nice town, but there is a lot of crime and it's easy to find yourself lost in a bad neighborhood.
  6. by   passing thru
    Mel, a family member from Boston told me,
    "yeah , there's Cape Cod, and there's beaches, but nobody swims in the water !
    It's too cold !!"" '
    Is that the honest to God truth?

    If the water is too cold to go in, then why say theres' a beach?
    Ditto for Chicago's Lake Michigan.
    Travelers:

    Beach Lover's, Florida's beaches, Florida's west coast, from Tampa to Pensacola has world -ranked, world class beaches and
    you CAN go in the water and stay in the water 10-12 hours
    floating and swimming if you wish. & nooooooo snow..
  7. by   fawnsternurse
    Thanks for all the input everyone! I have a lot of homework to do in this next year I guess.
    Yeah, I heard about the high crime rate in Washington. I am also sick of cold and snow but I am not sure living in NC is a good "fit" for me.Although the beaches sound great in Florida not sure if that would work for me either.
    Keep the comments coming though because I carefully consider each one and if anyone wants to know about Raleigh or Charlotte just ask. I am quite willing to provide some practical info!
    Have a great day!
  8. by   Rustyhammer
    Originally posted by passing thru
    Why not try Santa Fe, N.M. / You'll find boutiques, coffeehouses. cultural diversity, "neighborhood spirit", a whole city filled with unique architecture, more art museums than in Boston or D.C. , a real sense of community.....
    Really !
    Open up a little...
    ......Those 4 cities............they're so OLD.
    These little established neighborhoods offer a false sense of security and belonging, IMHO....

    Santa Fe is dynamic, energetic, has lots happening Year-round...it is a visual feast......360 degrees of it......
    interesting people....

    a artists and music mecca too.......
    Not to mention I live here.

    Oh, and Santa Fe is very old but we got a lot happening.

    -Russell
  9. by   Berta
    Boston area!! Lived here in MA (nearer the cape cod area) all my life. Culture is really great, lots of things to do. Don't like the weather, wait a minute. Spring and fall are real easy to take. Summers usually pretty humid. Winter....long story... snow, ice, blizzards or nothing. Mighty pretty though. You're never to old to go sledding and scream your brains out like a 3 y/o. This year, made 8 snowman, 10 snow angels, shoveled over 50 times in one month, and loved every minute of it. Berta
  10. by   CashewLPN
    I'm a born-and-bred new yorker...
    I love it....
    I live in Staten Island, and here, its necessary to own a car, but elsewhere, in the other 4 boroughs, its really not imperative (but, is nice)
    hot in the summer, cold in the winter...
    beautiful parks, zoos, aquariums... my fave-- friday evenings at the AMNH's Hayden Planetarium-- they play Jazz.... ooh.. and the gugenheim!!!
    Nursing jobs are pretty abundant... nursing homes, rehab centers, and hospitals EVERYWHERE..
    Pay tends to be better in Manhattan.... but, cost of living is higher... apartments tend to be smaller...
    the boardwalk in coney island!
    Greenwich village's shops...
    the Subway (no driving!!!!) Always something to do, every night of the week, any time of day...
    I advise, outer borough housing, Manhattan work...
    You might like it!
    --Barbara
  11. by   passing thru
    Berta, I read in the paper that Boston had 148 consecutive days from last November thru March...............without a sunshine day. !

    Come on....... 5 months of cloudy grey days.


    Snow, sleet, freezing rain, weeks of sub 20 degree weather, shoveling snow twice a day, and you advise people that this'


    IS the place to come to??????????????/

    All I have to say is, I think you need to get out more.
  12. by   caroladybelle
    Originally posted by passing thru
    Beach Lover's, Florida's beaches, Florida's west coast, from Tampa to Pensacola has world -ranked, world class beaches and
    you CAN go in the water and stay in the water 10-12 hours
    floating and swimming if you wish. & nooooooo snow..
    As a Florida native, puh leze.
    Overall, and comparatively speaking:
    Very slack in the museum and culture area, very little history and unique architecture. Only a few places have mass transit, distances between hospitals can be long. Very few places with quaint bistros, sidewalk cafes and coffee (in Florida heat?) shops. Not a lot of charmingly unique stores. And the heat for about 6 monthes of the year is wretched, unforgiveably hot and humid. Walking most places in summer is out of the question.

    Staffing ratios are poor and payrates even for travelers are poor. The patients are elderly and have a lot of comorbidities. And it takes extended periods of time to get a license processed. And if you are young and single and wish to date someone in your age group, that might be difficult depending on the area.

    Have you thought about Philadelphia? It has many of the qualities that you seek?
  13. by   caroladybelle
    Some of us enjoy snow and prefer cooler climates.
  14. by   Mattigan
    Originally posted by caroladybelle
    Some of us enjoy snow and prefer cooler climates.
    I thought I was the only one. I have always heard Boston was one of the best places to live and had something for everyone. The history of the place would be enough for me.

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