Was D.C. like New York? No actually. Nope. Not…at…all.

1. Subway.

You can call it a similarity between the two cities but you’d be very wrong. They’re actually two different names also:

Subway in New York and Metro here in Washington. (Though it did say MetroCard on the New York subway ticket). The New York subway in my opinion was much better in getting you from point A to point B. Understandably it’s a much larger city so it should have a million different stops, but not having to walk twelve blocks at a time was nice. The Metro here in D.C. is much cleaner but the fare system is flawed and confusing and the train car doesn’t stop everywhere and if it does, then we didn’t know about it.

2. Size.

This is an obvious difference. New York is by far the largest city in the United States, five million more in popuation than second place Los Angeles. The only time D.C. has seemed stuffed with people all over the streets was Sunday through Tuesday because of the Presidential Inauguration. Other than that, Washington D.C. has played a barren new planet compared to the Big Apple. 

3. Cleanliness.

New York New York had a setting compared to the Dust Bowl, just a dirty moth ball unlike the neat, clean, organized and environmentally-friendly Washington D.C. The sidewalks at times are made of marble, no trash littering everywhere, and there are very several less homeless people. Maybe it’s the buildings, or just the history itself that makes D.C. glow CLEAN

4. Architecture.

The last one I’ve got is sort of trailing off from the cleanliness one above. Washington’s architecture heighten’s their cleanliness appeal. Katherine said,” Every single building looks like the White House..” That quote sums it up. The Roman-like grand cathedral buildings are astonishing. Astonishing in the fact that every single one of them looks like that, it’s absolutely incredible.

“Hey Mark, was D.C. like New York at all?” 


No actually. 





  1. #1 by chacheenka on January 27, 2013 - 12:43 am

    The two cities are definitely different! Coming to DC was like a breath of fresh air after being in New York. I agree with you about the architecture. That was the first thing I noticed was that it was all sort of similar, but beautiful nonetheless. Everything is majestic in DC. Both cities are big, but just in different ways.

  2. #2 by hostic13 on January 27, 2013 - 1:03 am

    Haha I definitely expected them to be very similar as well. You point out four VERY big differences. I think the cleanliness is just incomparable. When we arrived in DC, you and I had a conversation about how it reminded us of Bellevue, Washington which is very prestigious. When we were in NY, I didn’t want to touch anything or sit by anyone. Especially that guy who told us to “MOVE AWAY FROM HIM”. The architecture was very different. Although DC seems very old and historic, the buildings look brand new. New York has a more rustic vibe. Good points and good post!

  3. #3 by breelenee on January 27, 2013 - 2:50 am

    Now that I have visited both cities I must agree with you they are completely different. New York City is definitely a city I could see myself living in, Washington D.C……not so much. This city felt more like a tourist stop for me, unless I go into government someday or (God forbid) write about politics as a Journalist, I don’t think I would live in D.C. That being said I loved the history of this town! It has been an incredible week, one I will not forget.

  4. #4 by kob on January 30, 2013 - 4:02 am

    Live in DC and love it. But grew up in CT and love NYC as well. DC is not a tourist stop. It clearly gives the impression because of how its attractions are concentrated. But the District, and surrounding areas, are wonderful places to live. As as size goes, Washington’s downtown isn’t NYC’s midtown. DC’s best places for entertainment are in the neighborhoods and the sidewalks in these areas are very, very busy. The top Metro area is NY, at more than 19 million people, which includes parts of NJ and Long Island. But Washington ranks 7th on the Metro list at 5.7 million.

  5. #5 by ltrego on January 31, 2013 - 7:25 am

    So true! From remembering my last trip in DC, I thought I liked DC better, but after spending so much time in NYC and then going to DC, I think I prefer NYC. Though DC is cleaner, the subway system is soooo much better in NYC! Also, I love that in NYC you can literally find something to do at any time, day or night. In DC, it felt like everything closed so early. I wonder if that had to do with the area in which we were staying?

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