Why The City of Brotherly Love is better than The City That Never Sleeps. I grew up not far from New York City and as a kid thought it was the best place in the world. But fifteen years of living in Philadelphia changed my mind. Here's why.
New York-style cheesecakes may be famous, but nothing beats a Philadelphia-style cheeseSTEAK. Just make sure you order it "Wiz Wit" and for the love of all that is holy, don't ask for Swiss cheese or mayonnaise on it.
One great thing about Philadelphia is that in many ways it maintains a small-town feeling, despite being a large metropolitan city. One can walk from one side of Center City to the other and explore nearly all of the city's best attractions on foot. New York City is so large, in comparison, that taking cabs, buses and/or taxis is an absolute necessity to get to most of the places you want to go. Even Philadelphia's big sporting arenas are located just a short subway ride from the center of town - and all in one central location!
Philadelphia sports fans have attitude, in the best possible way. We also right now have Cliff Lee - so take that, New York Yankees! And meanwhile, New York's football teams don't even play in New York State - they play in New Jersey! How sad is that?
I'll put the Mummers Parade against the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade any day of the week. Sure, NYC has those giant inflatable balloons...but we've got men in dresses and glitter playing banjos and then drinking into the wee hours of the night on New Year's Day.
Sure, NYC can be a great place to visit, but would you really want to have to LIVE there? Enjoy a lower cost of living in Philadelphia, and lots of easy, fast transportation options to get to NYC whenever you want. We're close(r) to Baltimore, DC and the Jersey Shore as well. All told Philadelphia is a near ideal place to live to be in the center of the Eastern coast action.
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