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Living a Cultural Center Lifestyle in New York, New_York

Arguably the cultural capital of the world, New York's name alone is synonymous with art, music, and glamor. The city offers more cultural and social activities than a person could do in a lifetime.  From the Metropolitan Opera to the Metropolitan Museum, the city offers dozens of world class performing arts venues and museums.  Its restaurants set the standard for the world. Broadway, along with the West End of London, is the pinnacle of theatre. There is even culture to be had in the subways.

New York City (8,000,000 people) is made up of 5 boroughs, plus suburbs. Manhattan is of course the most famous and the most expensive borough. One big advantage of living here is not needing a car in Manhattan. The buses and subways and mass transit are great, walking is always an option, and taxis abound (at least when it’s not raining). The city has never been safer, its crime rate low. New Yorkers are informed, they share their opinions, and they are active.

Where to Retire in New York and Home Prices

There are plenty of independent and assisted living facilities. Some naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs) in New York include Bay Ridge (Brooklyn) where  1 bedroom apartments can start at $250k.  Forest Hills (Queens) is pricier and nicer. Tudor City is in Manhattan and also a NORC. Apartments less than $500,000 are scarce. The median selling price of a home in the second quarter of 2018 in the New York-Newark-Jersey City NY-NJ-PA area was $41o,500 according to NAR. In Manhattan and the nicer parts of Brooklyn, however, a 2 bedroom apartment will probably cost close to $1 million. Some active adults might consider buying or renting a small studio apartment.residence as a part-time residence in the city. There are some cooperative hotels that you might also consider – when you are not living there you can rent it out.

What is special about New York

• Being in the center of the universe • Non-stop culture – Broadway, lectures, dance, opera, music • New York’s parks are magnificent • Mass transit – no need for a car • Restaurants for every taste and budget – never eat in the same place twice •  Diversity • Everybody is a philosopher

What is not special about New York

 New York City, particularly Manhattan, is expensive; have to like to live in a big, some times smelly city; summers are hot and oppressive; golf is very poor in Manhattan

Climate and Physical Environment

New York City is situated on the flat Atlantic Coast of New York. Manhattan is an island surrounded by the East River and the Hudson River. There are many waterways and inlets in the area.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

No need to comment here- "The Big Apple" is the apex of American culture.

Crime

New York is a major city, so there is crime. However, that rate is down and one almost always feels safe there.

Medical facilities

Choose from some of the most famous medical facilities in the world.

Transportation

4 big international airports are a short cab ride away. The subways are noisy but reliable and fast. Busses are everywhere. This is one city in America where a car is a definite liability. Bike lanes added in recent years, as well as more pedestrian-only streets in Manhattan, have been very successful additions to the cityscape.

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