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Old 16.05.2014, 20:19
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New York V Switzerland

I have the opportunity to move to NY after being in Switzerland for the last 3 years.
Being single and 40 the thought of moving to a 'proper' city is very tempting, especially regarding the social aspect.
It seems to me NY and Zurich are a bit like yin and yang.
For New York you have a large social scene, a feeling of true freedom, 24/7 opening hours and variety on everything from food to furniture.
Zurich however is a safe, clean, quite place with beautiful scenery for mountain biking and hikes. Oh, and money is good here too!
Both are a great place to explore, near and far away from the center.

So, anyone has any other points I may have missed? Preferably someone who has lived in both locations.

I just can't decide and would love to hear others opinions on it.
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Re: New York V Switzerland

As somebody who has lived in both, I guess I should say something.

NYC can be intense, and I don't think it is possible to understate this.

I've heard it claimed that to really enjoy the city, you need to be young and trying to do something that you love, or you need to be rich. There is probably some truth to that, but there is also a cadre of locals who swim through the chaos and seem to love it.
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Re: New York V Switzerland

Thanks for the info, just to add, worked in London for 15 years and missing the big city vibe, and bars;-)
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Re: New York V Switzerland

In that case, and if you are up for a bit of adventure, I recommend that you go and aim for an apartment on Manhattan. Just don't expect to get out of the city very often.

After a year or two, if you want to soften it a little, you can move to an outer borough or something.
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Re: New York V Switzerland

If you were to ask me 10 years ago, I would have told you that no way in hell I would move away from NYC. Having lived in Switzerland for a while now, I an always happy to be back after travel to NY/London for all positive reasons you've already stated.

If you're not yet a US person, once you move to NYC, you will be considered a US person from the perspective of Swiss banks. You'll therefore be forced to make certain declarations to your Swiss banks including submissions of FBAR filings, future tax returns, etc. There may be limitations imposed to your Swiss accounts as well.
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Re: New York V Switzerland

If you end up going for it, consider this tongue-in-cheek article from the "TimeOut" New York edition: http://www.timeout.com/newyork/thing...ng-to-new-york

Some of them resonated with me from the albeit long ago extended times I visited there for work, pleasure and both!
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Re: New York V Switzerland

Thanks for the replies, in the end I declined the offer, as articial as it is, money, taking into consideration the tax differences, just proved too much of a barrier.
Very close run thing though the thought of living in the big apple was extremely hard to say no to!
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Re: New York V Switzerland

Very true.. I moved to US 2 or 3 years ago for one-year job contract. After speaking to my Swiss bank of my temporary address change as I am returning to Switzerland after, they said no problem. But when I moved to US, they sent me a mail to ask me to move my money somewhere else as they will close any account for people residing in US.

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If you were to ask me 10 years ago, I would have told you that no way in hell I would move away from NYC. Having lived in Switzerland for a while now, I an always happy to be back after travel to NY/London for all positive reasons you've already stated.

If you're not yet a US person, once you move to NYC, you will be considered a US person from the perspective of Swiss banks. You'll therefore be forced to make certain declarations to your Swiss banks including submissions of FBAR filings, future tax returns, etc. There may be limitations imposed to your Swiss accounts as well.
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If you end up going for it, consider this tongue-in-cheek article from the "TimeOut" New York edition: http://www.timeout.com/newyork/thing...ng-to-new-york

Some of them resonated with me from the albeit long ago extended times I visited there for work, pleasure and both!
This is so funny! Although moving from Zurich to NYC, this is definitely not going to happen:

3. You will have a small heart attack the first time you see how much groceries cost in Manhattan.
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Re: New York V Switzerland

Looks like Satans Worm went to New York anyway!
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Looks like Satans Worm went to New York anyway!
Bet he never saw that much snow in Zurich.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30996010
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Re: New York V Switzerland

NYC is heaven if you are a single guy. Tons of beautiful single women.
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