We’ve all heard the songs. New York, New York, it’s a hell of a town. This is the city of all cities, the center of the world. This is where dreams are made. 

Or come to die. New York may attract the best and the brightest, but it also attracts the worst and the dimmest. For every Anne Hathaway, we have a Lindsay Lohan. For every Donald Trump, we have a Donald Trump.

Before you make the big move to the big city, there’s a lot you need to consider. Make a pros and cons list. On the pros side, you can include everything you’ve learned from the movies and TV shows that wax rhapsodic about life in the Big Apple. On the cons side, you can list all the cons and ex-cons that live here, ready to take advantage of a naive newcomer. Then add this list of 17 Reasons You Shouldn't Move to New York City, and try someplace a little less intimidating, like Baghdad. 

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