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New York City vs. Boston

Updated on September 17, 2014

The New York vs. Boston Debate - Red Sox, Yankees, Football, Pizza, Schools and Other Timeless Rivalries

Boston vs. New York City

Boston and New York have had rivalries in food, academics and sports for decades. The two cities here will go head to head where you can vote on the best pizza in Boston or New York, the best schools, and of course, the timeless Red Sox vs. Yankees rivalry.

Now, it's your turn to weigh in with your thoughts on the debate, vote for your favorite city, and make your statement! Love New York? Hate it? Love Boston, or loathe it? Here's your chance to tell everyone. We want to hear about your favorite aspects of each city, why, and especially from those who have lived in both cities. What makes it the best? Let's hear from you...

Which side are you on, Boston or New York? Tell your side of the story below, and back it up! We're talking sports, restaurants, attitude, education, pizza, people, anything.

Boston vs. New York - Weigh in with your thoughts on either city, and why you love it (or hate it)!

People are passionate about both cities. You'll rarely find someone that doesn't have an opinion on some part of the Boston vs. New York rivalry. The two cities are forever butting heads in sports, being compared to each other for their food, museums, and architecture. Overall, which do you think is the better city, and why?

New York vs. Boston - which is your favorite city?

Boston is the better city!

Boston is the better city!

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    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I was born and raised in Brooklyn, attended college in NYC and am planning to move to Boston. Yes, NYC is a 24/7 city, a mecca of high art and culture and a paradise for the finance minded, but it also has many drawbacks. If you're not a self-promoting type with a trust fund and unrealistic dreams, it can quickly become exhausting and difficult to enjoy. While transportation is great, it's SLOW and constantly filled with aggravation, i.e. horrible smells, constant panhandling and people who need psychiatric help. Boston is much more down to earth and there's a greater emphasis on obtaining knowledge and useful skills than on self-aggrandizement and notoriety. New York is only world class for those who can afford its word class elements, i.e. the rich and the famous.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Also, New Yorkers always argue that NY is bigger, and more people have heard of it. That says absolutely nothing as to how good it is. Plenty of foreigners has heard of Snooki, but that doesn't mean anything other than, she's famous. As they say, "quality vs. quantity".

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      NYC is gross, dirty, way too crowded, and if you think driving in Boston sucks... Sure, it's a maze made up of 70% (I'm being generous) one way roads, but at least driving here is possible without being hit by cabbies or ignorant pedestrians glued to their iPhones. And despite our nickname, Bostonians are way nicer and friendlier than New Yorkers. I love it when New Yorkers are actually shocked that we don't have piles of trash stacked up on our streets or that breathing is actually a possible function here. And obviously our sports are so much better, it's not even a question. You can keep your s***** Yankees, Islanders, Rangers, Jets, etc. By the way, what is it with the 2 team trend? Other cities already hate you so much, do you really want people in your own city to hate each other?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Definitely Boston :)

    • BallparkEGuides1 4 years ago

      I love visiting both cities, they're both great in their own way. I don't think I could pick a favorite, but I do like Fenway Park better than Yankee Stadium!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Boston has the world's best universities (Harvard/MIT) and has had a major impact on the modern world....Marconi, GPS Guidance Systems for Missiles, Radar Systems and all things technical!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      New Yorkers all come to Cape Cod to vacation...the Vinyard...Nantucket...Boston is superior!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Reasons why Boston is better

      1.The Sports teams are WAY BETTER!!!

      2.Boston is cleaner

      3.Bostonians don't get all cocky because were from a big city

      4.Boston has better celebrities like mark wahlberg, Kevin James, and Sammy Adams

      5.BOSTON SAVED AMERICA FROM THE BRITS!!!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      BOSTON IS WAY BETTER ! new york only has a few nice spots Boston is beautiful , CLEANNNNNNN ! you can actually live and drive cars around the city and all better than in NY , compare the stores in the Bronx to Newberry come on people

    • Shadrosky 5 years ago

      Boston!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Boston by far is superior.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Boston has bathrooms. And planes that don't crash from geese

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Boston(A.K.A Titletown)⦠Boston may not be as big as NYC but its a lot cleaner..i mean who rlly cares about size..New Yorkers get a big head jus to be from New Yorkâ¦like tht has anythng to do with wat you have accomplished⦠as far as sports.. Patriots,Red Sox,Celtics, and Bruins..they the best at what they do...

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Boston Hands Down

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Boston! It's my favorite city in all the New World!

    • roadroamer 7 years ago

      Boston is the better city! It's cleaner, has better teams, and is a more down to earth city than NYC. You also don't deal with the terrible smog that Manhattan has, and you don't have to pay $7 tolls to travel between sections of the city.

    New York City is far superior.

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I grew up in Boston but I've also spent A lot of time in New York. I've analized both thruout the years and realized what makes New York SO MUCH SUPERIOR then Boston. Boston is an Irish city most restaurants/ bars clubs and MOST festivities are catered for Caucasians (WHITE PEOPLE). New York has something for EVERYBODY. Boston is a VERY RACIST big town...the reason i call it a town is because that's basically what it is A BIG COLLEGE TOWN. If you take away all the students and all the Irish... AT LEAST 80% of Boston residents will be gone. New York is SO DIVERSE that most people have to learn to get along with all other ethnicities learn other cultures and i find that to be a BEAUTYFUL thing. Boston has a lot more hardcore sports fans then NY but i think it's because there really isn't anything else to get into in Boston...there isn't much of anything else to do here. So most people go to the same Irish bars get drunk and watch the game. I just think overall New York has a MUCH BETTER nightlife a MUCH BIGGER theater scene and there is just so MUCH MORE ENTERTAINMENT. New Yorkers are A lot MORE sociable and outgoing then implanted Bostonian wanabies......I can go on and on about MANY OTHER REASONS why i like NY MUCH BETTER THEN THE Town of Boston.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        ask a guy in pakistan what boston is. ask a guy in pakistan what new york is. nuff said ( giants 21 patriots 17 super bowl 46 and giants 17 patriots 14 super bowl 42. not to mention 27 world series.)

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        NYC is much more glowing and never sleeps, been there at 2:15 A.M. and nothing was closed. Boston is great but neither city I would say is "clean". NY has so many for famous buildings. NYCitself has a population of about 8.5 million people. It has Central Park, Battery Park,etc. Park Ave, Fifth ave, Times Square/Broadway, the five boroughs, all the buildings, money but some places not so much, fashion, entertainment (almost/same/better than L.A.). So overall NYC is probably better, even though I'he been to Boston more.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        NY is WAAY better than Boston! Trust me, I live in Boston. It has so much more action and activities: Broadway, The Statue of Liberty, The World Trade Center(which they are re-building) Wall Street, Parties, etc. It is the safest big city to live in (and actually be a big city). Believe it or not NY is actually pretty clean. Get real guys.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I've lived in Boston and I grew up in the NY area. If you're in "The City," you're in NY, not Boston. Boston is a large town, not a city. Don't get me wrong, I've loved my 4 years of school up there, but there is no comparing the people, prestige, pride and aura that encompasses THE CITY.

        Nightlife - New Yorkers probably don't realize that Boston literally shuts down at 2am, with the transit (the T) closing at 1am typically. NY never sleeps.

        Food - I don't have the wallet for seafood. Get me to a pizzeria or deli ASAP. Boston pizza is VERY hit or miss (mostly miss). Also, Boston doesn't know what bagels taste like (hint, you don't find them at Dunkin).

        Sports - This is a tough one because I'd say as a whole, the average Boston city dweller cares more about sports than their NY counterpart. This being said however, the whole Boston sports "scene" is just that, it's a scene. It is suddenly cool to know everything and anything about the big 4 (sox, bruins, celtics, pats). I know that a lot of my friends didn't give 2 shits about the Bruins 2 years ago, but suddenly they know every player and pretend they've "always been fans." "Decade of dominance" Be sure to teach your kids about the decade of dominance when 20 years have once again passed with little to no sports success.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I'm surprised that Boston is as clean as it is, because garbage cans are so hard to come by! When I was there I littered out of necessity. And the fact that Boston thinks it's better than NY really amuses me. I'd say that most people outside of America have never really heard about Boston, but everyone's heard of NY!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        You have got to be kidding me! Boston is overall way better than new york... i like the city of both boston and nyc but new york is just to dirty! Boston's passion for sports is way higher than new york! Also the schools in Boston are way better educational wise and clean. I do have some sympathy for NY due to 9-11 but not only did it affect NY but the whole world! These are some of the few reasons why i think Boston is a lot better than New York!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        NYC

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        NYC

      • jodijoyous 6 years ago from New York

        New York is better! 27 World Series rings. The fashion, food, and finance capital of the world. Come here, come hungry!

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          BallparkEGuides1 4 years ago

          Very cool lens...I never knew it extended so far beyond Yankees-Red Sox, but it makes sense!

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          Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

          I grew up in Manhattan and moved to Boston in my late 30s. I love both cities! Thanks for putting together such a fun lens.

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          wheresthekarma 5 years ago

          Fun lens! I like them both but really really love NYC!

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          Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

          Very cute lens idea! I'm an Angeleno who has visited both Boston and NYC and loved both.

          This might seem odd, but I'm going to lensroll you to my own rivalry lens (USC vs. UCLA football).

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          Kyecerulian 7 years ago

          Great lens! I haven't been to both cities yet (so I can't vote) but you've set this up very well!

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          inkserotica 7 years ago

          Just a quick note from a Squidoo Greeter! A very niche topic but unfortunately I don't know anything about either :( 5* though!