7 Reasons Why Buenos Aires Beats New York

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Buenos Aires beats New York

Thanks to carlos and joe.

For years, New York and Buenos Aires have been compared feverishly. But it’s no contest—BA beats NY hands down. Here’s why:

7. BA’s winters don’t include blizzards, nor’easters or ice storms. Nothing is worse in a walking city than feeling a -15 degree wind chill break through your $300 parka, penetrating your inner soul as you trudge to work at 8 am. NOTHING.

6. Time ISN’T Money. In NY, waiting for anything is considered rude, non-functional, and foreign. In BA, two-hour lunches and ‘fashionably late’ are the standard. Plus, a 30-minute NY lunch break is borderline inhumane.

5. Your Upper East Side 1-bedroom fits in my Palermo apartment’s kitchen. And my car is always out front.

4. Our sports don’t suck. Forget the banners in Yankee stadium, the bombers haven’t won in 8 years. The Mets and Jets are pathetic. And the Knicks? Even Spike Lee won’t go to the games anymore. BA’s got Maradonna, 24 pro soccer teams, and the nation’s top rugby squad. Take that Jeter!

3. A Porteño accent is HOT, a New York accent is not. I’d rather pierce my eardrum than listen to a New Yorker say “coffee,” “dog,” or “Long Island.” Porteños sound hot whether they’re fumbling through English, or speaking their native tongue.

2. The Guv’s Priorities. Elliot Spitzer spent a taxpayer fortune on prostitutes while his successor quickly admitted he cheats on his wife. Mauricio Macri in best known for saving the city millions in his three short months in office.

1. Your “nice dinner” with the girlfriend paid for my trip to Mendoza’s wine country.


Pablito on March 28, 08

Does the hot girl in the pink shirt live in BA? Because if so, I’m moving there.

César González on March 28, 08

She kinda looks like Emily, we could introduce you to her instead…

Andrew Maher on March 28, 08

7. NY’s summers do not include tornadoes nor golf ball sized hail

6. Long lunches are great, but when I ask for my check I want it now, not an hour from now.

5. When I step outside of my upper east side bedroom, it is highly unlikely that I will land squarely in a fat pile of dog sh*t.

4. Fair enough.

3. Learn spanish in Argentina, then speak in your new Porteño accent with friend from other spanish speaking countries, let the giggling ensue.

2. If we’re talking about the state (Spitzer) and not just the city, then we could go as far as touching on Kristina Kirshner, but that just wouldn’t be fair.

1. My New York bartender salary is more than you will make in the next ten years as a lawyer in Argentina.

Andrew Maher on March 28, 08

Side note: The only people making the comparison are those that live in Buenos Aires. People in New York wouldn’t bother making the comparison… its no contest!

Andrew Jackson on March 28, 08

Half of your points were good sir. But…

a)Your New York bartending salary will just barely get you that one-bedroom split on the Upper East side.

b)Buenos Aires doesn’t have tornados, you silly goose. What part of the city do you live in?

C) Kirchner’s the president, Macri is the governor of the Autonimous City of Buenos Aires, meaning he serves as the mayor and the governor. And if we’re comparing presidents…well, that would be a whole new post.

d)You want your check “now” because you have to hustle back to bartending so you can afford to pay tab at the over-crowded trendy soho “bistro” that supposedly “no one else knows about” but you.

e) And lastly, I was born at University Hospital in Manhattan, lived in NY for 17 years, and I think BA still smokes it. What part of Jersey did you grow up in? 🙂

Put that in your Mate gord and sip it, my friend. Glad you enjoyed the article.

Tim Patterson on March 28, 08

Yeah, BA beats NYC hands down.

If you like big cites. I’ll take El Bolson and the 802.


Amy Murphy on March 28, 08

Well, I have to weigh in because NY was the first real city I ever lived in, and I have to say… (disclaimer, never been to Buenos Aires)… there is something that builds character about snowstorms and them hot, sticky, tar-melting summer storms too. Gin and tonic never tasted so good.

That said, I’m sure your lovely town is fun too. If only it weren’t so effing far away – I need to hug that pink-shirted girl!

Hugs, your bestest.

Andrew Maher on March 28, 08


a.) three weeks ago two tornadoes touched down over ba, one over the river, the other over zona sur

b.) Macri – governor/mayor of a city, not a province (closest comparable thing to a state)

c.) I’ve never actually been a bartender, and I’m not sure if your soho bistro comment refers to ny or ba

d.) Lenox Hill Hospital, 22 1/2 years in the city, but in ba now, and definitely for a reason. A city being inexpensive is certainly isn’t reason enough for me to live there (numbers 1, 2, 6 and 5 on your list are either directly or indirectly about cost of living). If people are drawn to a city because it is inexpensive and affords them certain luxuries that they couldnt enjoy in the place they are from, thats fine but I’m tired of hearing the same tired lists of reasons that they have constructed to convince themselves that it is for some other reason.

Obviously I am here so there are certainly aspects of the city that have drawn and kept me here, but there is no qualitative competition.

Hanan on March 30, 08

I live in NY, lived in BA,and will go visit this summer. Love both and one thing matter the most for me….people. Can’t take the NY attitude anymore.

Ivy on March 31, 08

OK Lads…a bit of a ladies perspective here. I lived in Manhattan almost 30 years and found it got increasingly corporate in the last ten. It used to be that Artists were drawn to the city..now they are being pushed further and further away to the outskirts of Brooklyn for affordable housing. When I went out it seemed all I was meeting after a while where lawyers and bankers…the only ones who seem to be able to afford living there anymore.

I love New York City…dont’ get me wrong but i am in BA now taking a break from the intensity of the pace that is NYC and evaluating weather I can “get it up” again to live in one of the most competitive cities in the world. I mean I am a yoga teacher and even that is dog eat dog there. Not to mention how competitive dating is. It seems you have to be under 30, have model looks and make over six figures a year to find love. After 3 months here I am dating a lovely Argentine who is not only sweet and passionate but much sexier than your average workaholic man in NYC and really doesn’t give a shit that I am not a professional with model looks..

BA is slower and it does take a really long time to get your check but really what’s the rush? And you just get in the habit of paying for your coffee as soon as they bring it…problem solved!!

Downside…still not making a decent living here…working for pesos and payng your rent in dollars blows! Not having working papers blows. Dog poop..what they called chocolate torte ( cake ) is a drag. Nothing tops New York Food. Can’t find any decent Chinese here…yet…

But all in all I feel a hell of a lot more relaxed here. People are more respectful of others in general and you get to visit NYC as a tourists and enjoy all the culture and free concerts etc..that you never had time for when you lived there,,,Hey isf someone offered me a gig for loads of money I would move back for sure but it’s just easier to be broke here…materialism is not in your face every minute. BA has the Bohemian vibe that NYC had in the late 70’s when I moved there and I really hope it stays that way….

lebaron on April 1, 08

For sure, the NYC experience is becoming a “flat” one. I always find that -in most cases- as life becomes faster and more expensive, people become LESS interesting, not to mention, less trustworthy. Let’s face it,in America, especially NYC, money is everything. But people who have it are more and more blandly and uninterestingly alike. I’m not trying glorify poverty or Bohemia, but there’s a lot of truth to what I’m saying. Sorry, but lawyers and bankers have to be the most dull people on earth -generally speaking. Also, if one is busy being a workaholic, simply in order to stay ahead, when and where’s the living?

Andrew T. Jackson on April 1, 08

Good comments so far, but it’s time to play devil’s advocate on my own piece.

While I do find NYC to be a bit too much, I also feel the same way about BA. Traffic, conjestion, desparity, and pollution are mutual problems with both places.

And, in regards to having a “money-oriented” society in NYC, I think it’s not exclusive. Anyone without money in BA wants it. And the wonderful exchange rate Americans enjoy is actually expensive for your average Porteno.

Some here make 20-30 pesos a day with a college education, and don’t tell me that they’re happy about it because BA is romantic, bohemian, seductive.

On the contrary, much like NYC, there are whole neighborhoods of people making 6-figure salaries…IN DOLLARS. These people work as much, concern themselves as much, and brag as much about finances, work, and luxuries as New Yorkers do.

The tourist or expat may not see this because they’re rapped up in the sexy, bohemian, artsy good life at 3 to 1. Just remember when you pay $30 pesos for that steak (cheap by US standards), you just spent almost a day’s wages for the average Argentine.

Keep ’em coming though. Love the comments. Hate the Yankees (baseball team, so calm down) 🙂

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olga on November 22, 09

all the comments are great besides that jersey guy who thinks we have tornados in the city! BA is defenitely great and if you are not making $200+ in the city, BA heavily overweights NYC!!! lets face it! i would love to move to BA within a few years and have kids with my husband. the only thing is to figure out how to make us$ and live in BA… any thoughts? thanks much!

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