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20 Reasons New Yorkers are the Luckiest People on Earth

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New York is one of the most incredible cities in the world.  Each year, millions of people flock to the city to experience what its like to be in the Big Apple.  Although many have dreams of visiting the city, they often feel overwhelmed once they arrive.  Due to its crowded streets and high buildings, New York certainly takes some getting used to for those visiting from out-of-town.  However, once people learn to navigate the city, and become away of all of the great things it has to offer, it quickly becomes evident that those fortunate enough to call New York home are among a fortunate group of people.  Whether you’re looking to move to New York, or have been living there for years and have taken it for granted; here are 20 reasons why New Yorkers are the luckiest people on earth.

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Bars in New York are open until 4am.

In many cities throughout the country, closing time is at 2am sharp.  However, New Yorkers are used to partying a little later.  In New York City is it very common for clubs and bars to stay open until 4 in the morning, allowing for two extra hours of party time on average.

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New Yorkers tend to live longer than other people.

Many people criticize city life; however, over the last several years, studies have shown that New Yorkers are likely to live longer than people living in other parts of the country.

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Hip-hop was invented in New York.

During the 1970s, hip-hop culture was born.  Since its inception, hip-hop has gone from an underground culture to one of the most popular music genres in the world.  Amazingly, it all started in the legendary south side Bronx.

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Many theaters to choose from.

New York City is home to several dozen theaters.  Each years, some of the best stage productions in the world are performed in New York.  The Theater District is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city and include the infamous Broadway.

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Many artists/bands get their start in New York.

For most people with dreams of pursuing a career in music, performing in New York is a must.  As the saying goes ‘ if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere’ and many acts often find themselves doing small shows in New York before they achieve fame.  This can be great for music-loving New Yorkers who often get to see some of the best acts while they’re still on the rise.

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There’s plenty of people to meet.

With a population of more than 8 million, there’s certainly no shortage of people to meet in the city.  On a daily basis, New Yorkers have a great chance of running into some cool new people.

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The subway runs 24/7.

Public transportation is great, especially in a city like New York where driving is often convenient.  However, unlike other city-dwellers, New Yorkers are fortunate enough to have a metro system that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  This means that when the club closes at four, the subway will still be up and running.

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You can find food at any time of day – or night.

Bars and clubs aren’t the only thing in New York City that stays open late.  There are plenty of restaurants and cafes that keep late hours, so New Yorkers who prefer venturing out at night can always find something to eat.

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New York has the best pizza.

New York is famous for a lot of things; and, the city’s pizza has quite the reputation.  Fortunately for New Yorkers, they have access to this amazing pizza on a regular basis, and there are also many places in the city that sell slices for just a dollar.

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You can have experience several different cultures without ever leaving the city.

Throughout its history, New York has been a popular destination for immigrants looking to start a new life in the United States.  As a result, New York has become a very diverse place, and New Yorkers have the privilege of experiencing many different cultures without ever leaving the city.

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New York has inspired countless artists and musicians.

Over the years, New York has been the source of inspiration for many of the most-known artists and musicians.  People like Jean Michel Basquiat, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, and Taylor Swift have used the city as a muse for their work. Each day, New Yorkers are a part of that inspiration.

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New Yorkers know how to stick together. 

New York may be huge, but when something happens in the side – good or bad – New Yorkers are one big family when it matters.

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New York is home to some of the biggest tourist attractions in the country.

There are many attractions in New York that some people only dream of seeing whether it be The Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, or Central Park, New Yorkers are fortunate enough to see these places whenever they’d like.

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There’s a pretty high chance you’ll have a celebrity sighting.

Since everyone loves New York, it is not uncommon to see celebrities roaming through the city.  However, what makes it even better is that many of these celebrities actually live in the city.

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New York has plenty of teams to choose from.

New Yorkers will have a team – sometimes two – to cheer for during every season.  New York is home to numerous professional sports including the New York Yankees, The New York Knicks, and the New York Giants.

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There’s always something to do – sometimes, it’s even free.

New Yorkers can always find something to do.  Whether it be a poetry reading, an art class, or a simple night out on the town, there is never a shortage of activities in the city.  There is also a good selection of free activities.

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Madonna "MDNA" Tour - New York, NY

Your favorite artist – no matter how big or small – will always perform in New York.

Some people have to travel hours to watch their favorite musician perform; however, New Yorkers are not likely to ever have this problem.  Every major artist always makes it a point to stop by the city for a show, and oftentimes this is the biggest stop on the tour.

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New Yorkers get to experience all four seasons.

Many believe that people living in New York are missing out on some of the simple elements of nature.  Nicknamed “The Concrete Jungle,” New York City certainly isn’t full of sprawling fields and blossoming trees.  However, despite the very urban landscape, New Yorkers still have the pleasure of experiencing all four seasons.

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New York is welcoming to all different types of people.

Due to its high population of immigrants, and transplants from other places throughout the country, New York has a very welcoming atmosphere for people from all walks of life.  No matter their background, race, or sexual orientation, New Yorkers will always be able to find a place where they fit in.

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Red And Green Lights Adorn The Empire State Buidling For Christmas

New York never sleeps.

No matter the time of day, New York is always full of life, lights, and entertainment.

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Written by Camille Moore

Camille has a master's degree from Saint Joseph University's Writing Studies program. Her writing has been published on several websites, and she enjoys writing articles and short stories in her spare time. You can follow Camille on Twitter @CamealAshley.