You don't have to earn 250k a year to enjoy NYC. I'm making not even a fifth of that, and I still love the city. The fact is, New York is the center of so many great and diverse aspects of cultural life (the arts, music, dance, publishing, journalism, music again etc) and most people can benefit from these directly or indirectly. That said, there's a lot it lacks. It's crowded and dirty. If you don't make a shit ton of money, you probably won't be able to own a place (unless you want to own a three family apartment building with rent controlled tenants in Bushwick or Bed-Stuy), and will be a renter and commuter for most of you life. It lacks natural beauty and accessibility to non-urban areas. However, after being in NYC for awhile, it becomes very difficult to respect most other places. While you might not always enjoy your life here, you can atleast rest assured that it's better than life elsewhere.
I LOL'd. Reminds me of the Bay Area attitude: even though we're all broke, we'll NEVER leave.
That is sort of the point though. I don't claim that NYC is objectively better, but it certainly starts to feel
superior after you've put in enough time. As you can see, this may cause difficulties with actual