Hometown: New York
January 17, 2012
Manhattan: UWS and Harlem Brooklyn: Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill
Lifestyle change... new opportunities... lost a LOT of my life and career in the 9/11 attacks... had a kid in 2005 and decided to find an easier, saner, cheaper place to raise him with more/easier opportunities.
We moved to Toronto first for 2.5 years, and they have Seattle beat out totally on the passive-aggressive/freeze thing, to the point where we really don't notice it here (not much). As NYers, we are direct, expect a lot, and expect at least a fair amount in return. 'nuff said. :) I think that if we learn to set some (not all) of that aside, we can find that indeed, there are amazing qualities in the people here and they don't want to be steamrolled by our BigCity Ways. It's okay, we can relax a bit, take it down a few notches, breathe, and enjoy... they will eventually come running to us because we know how to get things done and they need us. :)
Lived in NYC 16 yrs... moved away 4-5 times, and always returned after ~1 year. So far, been in Seattle for 14 months, and feel like this is it, right time in my life, I'm gonna stay. :) I live with two native NYers (wife and kid from Manhattan).