Tale of Two Cities: New York versus LondonPosted on September 16, 2013 | by Se Won Park
The Big Apple, the City That Never Sleeps, the Center of the Universe. New York City is touted as one of the greatest cities in the world. But other big cities around the globe also have idiosyncrasies that make them unique.
New York City and London are two of the most prominent cities on their respective continents. Both cities are considered fashion and art capitals of the world, yet they still have their differences — besides how people drive on different sides of the road.
In regard to fashion, lifestyle and the overall atmosphere, the two cultures seem to be alike, but they are distinctive. While it is true that the fashion scenes in both cities are vibrant and colorful, Londoners tend to embrace a more daring look, dressing from head to toe in brighter, bolder colors. In New York City, people use statement jewelry or solid-clothing pieces for visual appeal. London also seems to have a more formal standard for clothing, while New Yorkers sport a more comfortable, chic wardrobe.
Fashion lovers in London tend to support another extreme fashion sense — grunge, a style inspired by alt rock and lower-class clothing. Styles appears to be more daring and extreme whereas New Yorkers tend to play it safe while sustaining a sense of individuality. This was apparent in the recent New York Fashion Week and is supported by London Fashion Week, which is currently taking place.
Two more major differences that stand out are the transportation and architecture of each city. Both cities offer a stellar public transportation system, however the Underground rapid transit system (nicknamed the Tube) and the Overground railway system in London are significantly cleaner than New York City’s subway system. The Tube in London is also more expensive. However, the subways here in New York are cheap and easy to use. Even though New York City’s public transportation system is dirty, traveling from point A to point B is simple and more cost-effective than taking a taxi.
In terms of architecture, both cities exude a modern vibe. But London’s historical buildings are still omnipresent amid its modern architecture. The Knightsbridge and Kensington neighborhoods in London have a Victorian feel, and their ornate structures are a sight to see.
By contrast, New York City, which is known as a concrete jungle, boasts skyscrapers and brownstones throughout most of the city — with the exception of a few churches and buildings in the financial district.
Even with these comparisons, both New York City and London offer an amount of vibrancy and uniqueness that is unparalleled, which draws tourists and residents alike.
A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Sept. 16 print edition. Se Won Park is a contributing writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org