Graduate Hospital is similar to Carroll Gardens, Clason Point and Pelham Bay in New York.
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A great way to demonstrate the vast differences in New York and Philadelphia’s costs of living is the Starbucks barometer: A Starbucks Grande Latte will set you back $3.73 in Philadelphia, or $4.30 in New York City. Consider this: If you’re a New Yorker who buys one every single work day (because a dose of caffeine certainly makes the work day more tolerable) that’s a total of $107.50 a month. And that doesn’t even count those extra shots of espresso and pumps of sugar-free vanilla.
It’s no surprise that the price of real estate in New York blows Philadelphia out of the water. The median rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Philadelphia is $1,391 per month, compared to $4,088 in NYC.
Annie (fictitious person) lives in Philadelphia with her husband and baby, and travels frequently to New York for work. She says the low cost of living in Philly is one of the city’s best attributes. “You get more for your money— we paid $1600 for a 2-bedroom apartment in the Fairmont neighborhood,” says Annie. “The cost of living is a little cheaper.”
Nicole (fictitious person), who lives in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn and works in fundraising, says that while the prices are certainly brutal, she manages to get by if she skimps in other areas. “I bring a turkey sandwich for lunch every day. I drink Keurig coffee in the kitchen,” says Nicole. “But I spend $1875 on a small one-bedroom ground level apartment (including all utilities) that is actually considered a very good deal in my area.”
With rental prices so high, it’s no wonder that few people can afford to buy their home in New York. Only 32.6% of New York City residents are homeowners.
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As far as attractions go, New York and Philly aren’t all that different. You probably already know that Philadelphia has a rich historical culture, given that it was home to many important moments in American history. There are so many museums and historical spots to visit—the National Constitution Center, the Benjamin Franklin Museum, the Liberty Bell, and more. In New York, you can visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and more. Basically, there’s no shortage of things to do on a rainy day in either city. Both cities are known for having no shortage of great food as well as for their cool music scenes—especially in Philly, where there’s strong support from radio stations and local businesses for artists and musicians in the city.
The main difference between Philly and NYC is not in the culture and activities itself—it has all the same things to do as NYC and other big cities like museums, shows, concerts, festivals, cool bars and great food—it’s the sense of community and the overall vibe that sets it apart. Philly is more laid back than NYC—you’re more likely to see someone out at a bar on a Saturday night in a sweatshirt than you would be in NYC, for example. New York looks and feels like a big city, but Philly looks like a big city and feels a little more like a tight-knit neighborhood.
While you will come across way more drivers in Philly than NYC, some residents do only use public transit. A monthly public transport pass through SEPTA in Philadelphia costs $83, while a NYC MetroCard will set you back $120 a month. But, in comparison to the New York MTA’s 24 subway lines, Philly only has two, meaning you’re more likely to see Philly residents taking the bus than the subway, if they’re taking public transportation at all and not just walking—which is the preferred method of a lot of Philly residents.
Another thing to note: Philly, like NYC, has taxis along with Uber and Lyft, but they’re all far less expensive than the services are in New York. An Uber from 30th Street Station to Center City (about a 15 minute driving distance) might cost you around $5, for example, while a similar distance in New York could cost you $7-10.