Plenty of folks have already outlined the differences between San Francisco and New York City, sometimes to hilarious effect. Both cities are full of transplants, which lends a unique perspective for the non-native trying to get a handle on their new city. Whether you’re from San Francisco and have either visited or moved to New York, or you’re from NYC and have visited or lived in San Francisco, you’ll be able to make strong comparisons in your mind between both places. So much so, in fact, that these maps might feel extremely on-point once you see them. Let’s start by going from East to West, then move back to the other side.
How New Yorkers See San Francisco
Okay—clearly this one has a lot more going on. Once you steady your gaze, you’ll see far more commentary on exactly how, culturally, a San Franciscan would see these NYC areas rather than simply by associating it with places they already know. For example, we’ve got Central Park labelled as “Dolores Park, but more preppy & less pot ” and the subway as “Imagine if Caltrain and Transbay were 1,000x busier.” You’ve still got your direct area comparisons, though, with Queens compared to the Sunset and areas of Uptown Manhattan that “used to be like the Tenderloin”—but also more than one “Civic Center” and “Castro” comparison. Basically, it looks messier, but it’s got some pretty fun insights.
Any transplants agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments below.