This point was really driven home to me this past weekend when I visited New York City to see a bunch of college friends. I went to college in the east coast and have been to the city many times but now live in Chicago. Every time I go, I'm struck at how dirty NYC is; there's garbage piled up on every street corner, and the city literally smells like urine, garbage, feces, and indian food. The media has glorified NYC over the past ten years, and people have bought the hype. But in reality, you pay $3K/month in rent to live in a crappy apartment in a mediocre building. The nightlife and quality of women also pale in comparison to Chicago. Everywhere I went in Manhattan, the girls were extremely unattractive. Chicago is full of gorgeous wholesome blondes, but NYC is just downright disgusting.