LA Has Literally Everything NYC Has To Offer, According To Someone Who's Lived In Both Places

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I lived in NYC from 2016 to 2019, and despite its famed ~charm~, that city was not for me. It was cold, claustrophobic, depressing, painfully expensive, and overall chaotic.

Comedy Central

When I moved to Los Angeles, my life improved in a variety of ways — but I couldn't seem to escape the nagging comments from friends and foes about New York being the "superior city."


Today, I finally came up with a solution to get the LA haters off my back. I've created a list of LA landmarks that are pretty much identical to popular NYC destinations. New Yorkers will likely be offended, but what else is new?

1.Griffith Observatory is essentially a better version of the Empire State Building.

Getty Observatory

Top of Los Angeles? Check. Gorgeous view? Check. Telescopes? Check.

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2.We ALSO have Prince Street Pizza now, so New Yorkers can no longer hold that above our heads.

3.Same with Joe's.

4.The Getty is The Met.

The Getty

Petition for there to be a "Getty Gala!"

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5.The Tar Pits are the American Museum of Natural History.

Skeleton of prehistoric mammal at the tar pits
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6.The Santa Monica Pier is Coney Island.

The Santa Monica Pier

Except — I would argue — way prettier.

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7.The beach is Central Park.

Santa Monica beach

I think I'd choose the beach over the park any day.

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8.Park La Brea is Stuy Town.

People jogging in Stuy Town

An enormous rental apartment complex that's super affordable...but there's sunshine year-round!

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9.Rodeo Drive is Madison Avenue.

People walking on Rodeo Drive

You want fancy? We got fancy.

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10.The Walt Disney Concert Hall is Lincoln Center.

Walt Disney Concert Hall

We've got orchestras, too!

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11.The Hollywood Bowl is Madison Square Garden.

The Hollywood Bowl performance

But the stadium is outdoors, which you can do in a city that never gets colder than 65 degrees :).

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12.Hollywood Boulevard is Times Square.

Hollywood boulevard at night

If you want chaos, look no further than Hollywood Blvd.

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13.Silver Lake and Echo Park are Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

A restaurant in Silver Lake

A CALMER hipster feel.

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14.Every other street is St. Mark's Place.

A guy giving the rock sign in front of MedMen dispensary

Oh, you get your weed from a dealer in St. Mark's Place? That's cute, but Los Angeles has a dispensary on every corner.

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15.And finally, the 405 and the 101 are the subway (shut up).

Traffic on the 101

What we lack in chronically delayed public transportation, we make up for in traffic.

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I rest my case!