on the other hand - it can become a black hole. it's quite expensive and the pace is fast, nonstop. everything is rushed and everyone thinks that what they have to do is the most important thing in the world. there really is no work-life balance.
I think anyone who is looking to move to NYC needs to understand that. That's always been my beef with cities like The Big Apple, and even Vegas and LA. And actually most of the United States. People forget that there's more to your life than work and what your job is. I know we live in a 24-hour society now, but sometimes it's healthy to put the phone down. Even the hardest working guys in Miami that I know and have the fortunate pleasure to work with, put the phone down at least once a week. And they do quite well for themselves financially. They have material wealth, but more importantly, they have a wealth in life, including a wide circle of family and friends.
Listen, I've been accused of being a workaholic (in addition to other -aholics...) but as I've gotten into my old age, I've realized that there's more to life than just work work work work. It's why I only go out to full-on nightclubs these days if I'm specifically hired to do so. I rarely shoot anything on spec anymore, and when I do want to hang out with my friends, we usually go to a bar or someone's house. If they're in the club, fine, but I feel bad I can't "hang" with them for as long as I'd like to.
But I'm digressing. I'm from up there, and I've worked in the city, and that seems to be a lot of people's attitude, that they are center of the universe, and woe be unto anyone who challenges that mindset. And as New York goes, so does America. The problem with Americans is that specific mindset. Reality check, the planet Earth isn't even the center of the universe. There actually is no definable center of the universe. There's good people up there, and I'm friends with a lot of them, but it sucks that those good people have to deal with the bad ones.
Ramon, enjoy your time up there, however long it lasts. There's plenty of good people up there and I'm sure you know a lot of the same ones I do. But don't forget where you came from and who your real friends are. And use NYC as a jumping off point for even bigger things. Heck, just being there alone pretty much gives you cheaper access to the world in terms of travel. I'd be shuttling to Europe far more often if I was living in NYC. Hell, it's what I did when I was stuck in Vegas. I had to run out my time there, so I jumped on every travel opportunity possible.