New York City is crazy. But I guess it would be unreasonable to put over 8 million people in one place and expect things to just be normal like in a quiet little suburb.

However, there's no one way to describe the way living there feels. So a few days ago, Dan Saltzstein made a tweet, asking all the locals to share their personal experiences that perfectly encapsulate the City that Never Sleeps. And they were happy to oblige.

Image credits: dansaltzstein

From riding the subway to visiting the Bronx Zoo, pretty soon Dan's single tweet evolved into a massive thread with one story funnier than the next.

I don't know if spending your days in New York City is easy, but it definitely sounds thrilling.

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Scout Finch
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4 months ago

That is cool! Nice teen.

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Writer, historian, and curator Hugh Ryan, who contributed to this thread with a hilarious tweet about a drag queen, grew up in the city's suburbs but his family is from the Bronx. "I've lived in NYC for the last 20+ years," Ryan told Bored Panda. "I love the constant stream of the unexpected, the way you're never sure what even just a simple subway ride will hold!"

But that's not to say that it's all good. For example, Ryan thinks that Rikers Island is a moral stain on the city. Situated between Queens and the Bronx, Rikers is home to New York City's main jail complex and has been said to host "institutionalized, Fight Club–esque beatings—some fatal—of inmates, especially mentally ill ones, by corrections officers."

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Electric Mayhem
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4 months ago

Chaotic good

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Me Oh My
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4 months ago

Hope he's doing alright.

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New York City is often described as a concrete jungle, but as U.S. News pointed out, there's plenty of nature too. Local officials are dedicated to maintaining and improving access to green spaces. There are more than 1,700 parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities across the five boroughs. And while Central Park may be referred to as "New York City's backyard," the relatively new High Line – an urban revitalization project in the Lower East Side – is quickly becoming a favorite among residents and visitors.

The buzzing metropolis is also home to numerous world-class museums, a legendary theater scene, and a dizzying array of nightlife venues. Outside Manhattan, nearby beaches lure sun-seeking residents in the summer, and the Coney Island amusement park has been entertaining families for decades.

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Paul C.
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4 months ago

Well you did say a manhole!

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Me Oh My
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4 months ago

Oh. My. God. That is MAGNIFICENT.

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NYC is a place written about in songs, it has served as the backdrop for countless movies and TV shows. It has inspired people worldwide with its grandiosity but a few years ago, one survey found that it resonates especially well with Millennials. 20% of them believe it's their ideal city.

2,000 people born between 1982 and 1998 were asked to rate 20 qualities on a 1 to 10 scale (with 10 connoting the highest importance), revealing what they look for in a city to call home.

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Scout Finch
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4 months ago

Remy going to work. Glad he got a job!

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4 months ago

Well done, sir!

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Buren
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4 months ago

I hope someone continued to feed the penguins

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The top three qualities were economic in nature: a thriving job market (average score: 8.19), affordable rent (7.94) and affordable home prices (7.55). Beyond those core three, the ratings for quality of life metrics were fairly evenly dispersed: parks or hiking trails got 6.52, non-chain restaurants received 6.49, and quality pizza ended up with 6.11.

Items ranging from top-rate public schools (6.07) to an LGBTQ-friendly environment (5.47) to access to music venues (5.38) also had above average ratings. In fact, the only quality not achieving a score greater than 5 was the presence of a local college or university (4.99).

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Miss Melanie
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4 months ago

Good man, Woody💪🏾😉

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4 months ago

Thus creating the first quantum pretzel

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Scout Finch
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4 months ago

Awesome!! My favorite show and favorite actor!! They should have kept you in the scene. Made it more realistic.

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4 months ago

Nice job Paul!

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A few interesting distinctions arose after dividing by age range, comparing 18-to-22 year-olds with 23-to-28 year-olds and 29-to-34 year-olds. Employment and housing were key concerns among all three groups, though affordable rent outranked job prospects only for the youngest cohort.

For the oldest group, home purchase prices were more important than rental prices. While unsurprising, the differences among age groups did reflect a recent trend. The survey suggests that Millennials do, in fact, want to buy their own place.

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Lorrie Rothstein
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4 months ago

Awesome

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4 months ago

Responsible dealer

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Insert Generic Username
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4 months ago

Such a humble man he was.

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4 months ago

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The survey was carried about by apartment search site Abodo (now Rentable). According to Sam Radbil, the communications manager at the company, the result shows that millennials are career driven.

"Despite [their] reputation for being lazy or entitled, they care about the job market and their careers," he told Forbes. "They are looking for a place that is affordable."

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Miss Melanie
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4 months ago

How lovely👏🏾

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Chris Zaydel
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4 months ago

That's cool.

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4 months ago

Never underestimate a knitting lady.

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4 months ago

No way the NSA, CIA or FBI can tap you’re a tin-can phone

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But affordable housing is an ongoing problem in New York City, with one-bedroom apartments renting for several thousand dollars a month. To see how crazy the prices get, you can watch this video by YouTuber Shan Rizwan where he tries to guess how much random New Yorkers pay for rent.

While housing costs are skyrocketing in Manhattan, they have also risen in the other boroughs – especially Brooklyn. Those looking to save some money often look to communities in Connecticut and New Jersey, or on Long Island.

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4 months ago

Buy a sandwich, get unlimited pickles.

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Summer Mason
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4 months ago

*Stares at my cat*.... um.... how does one walk a cat? What witchery is this?

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Author Amanda Weaver settled in New York in 1995, so she has spent over a quarter of a century there. "I love New York's diversity and energy," she told Bored Panda. "It's never boring!"

However, she agreed that it's an expensive place to live. "Every year the rents go up more than paychecks," Weaver said.

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May
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4 months ago

Free Broadway show!

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Buren
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4 months ago

Before blackberry and apple, there was banana

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If you decide to just visit New York City, comfortable shoes are a must because getting around often involves walking. But if you opt to get around on foot, pay attention when crossing the street! Traffic congestion is a major problem there and pedestrian accidents are a growing public concern.

"I'm a major museum nerd, and we have some of the best museums in the world, so I think any tourist coming here should try at least one — from a heavy hitter like The Whitney or El Museo del Barrio, to a niche delight like The City Reliquary or the Lesbian Herstory Archives," Hugh Ryan suggested. "Of course, you can experience the vibe of the city without living here, though you also experience new aspects of it the longer you stay and the more you do. As Delia Ephron wrote, 'New Yorkers are born all over the country.'"

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Thomas Sweda
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4 months ago

How did they know you were new to N. Y. ?

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Danielle Keller
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4 months ago

I would let that guy hold the other end of the paper

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ZAPanda
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4 months ago

That would happen to any person from the colonies or UK. It's super rude.

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Weaver thinks that every tourist should see a Broadway show. "There's more talent packed in on this island than anywhere else in the world," she said. "Don't miss it!"

The author also believes that tourists can get a taste of the city's vibe on a visit, but she thinks they'll never get the true New York experience without living there. "All the wild stuff happens when you're in the middle of an ordinary day... taking the subway home while a dude who claims to be an alien plays his saxophone to earn cash to repair his spaceship (true story), walking up 8th Ave to your office and stumbling into a murder investigation (true story), chatting with your weird neighbor while you both shovel your cars out of the snow (he loves cats)."

"I love New York. Best city in America," Weaver concluded. And I think many of the people who made these tweets would say the same.

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Buren
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4 months ago (edited)

Sharing is caring, honey. wtf

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Picture or it doesn't happen... wait

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Lorrie Rothstein
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4 months ago

Samuel Jackson should have been on the train. I don't want any m**********r snakes on this train

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