Take advantage of its resources, and help give back to the community once you’re here!
But it’s nothing compared to Los Angeles, which has one of the largest urban parks in North America: Griffith Park. It’s always been a pain to get to Fire Island: two trains, a shuttle, a ferry that shuts down, curious fires in the off-season. While I did enjoy great public transportation, it’s also life-changing to have a car in Los Angeles.
It’s a mini mountain in the middle of the city, where you can see stars (and film history) at the Griffith Observatory (Sal Mineo and James Dean enjoy the view from the observatory above). I’ve joined a gay hiking group, which goes on adventures in the nearby Angeles National Forest, Santa Monica Mountains, and more. Enjoy the wind, the music, the podcasts, and the great open road. and a vibrant present, from the West Hollywood gayborhood to Akbar in Silver Lake to downtown’s blossoming scene. Do you still, even after my meticulous reasoning, find it to be a horrid place filled with smog, shallow people, and a subpar literary scene? Leave your reasons for thinking NYC is superior in the comments, and we might craft a rebuttal.
But eventually, you want a real living room, and you have to wonder if the exorbitant cost of rent is really worth it. In Los Angeles, I live in a beautiful West Hollywood apartment for a fraction of what I paid to live in Manhattan.
There’s a real kitchen with a dishwasher, and an on-site washer and dryer to boot. I even have a parking space, which exceeds the size of my old bedroom. It’s hard to be a parent or a pet owner in New York. And good luck riding with your children or pets on the subway.
They need a studio space in which to rehearse or paint. (See more of David Hockney's work and photos here.) My partner threw a birthday at a venue in Manhattan that was styled like a pool deck. Los Angeles has a plethora of them, right in our backyards, and many have extraordinary views of the city and sunset.
They require a room of their own, in which they may vertically stretch their limbs and live without fear that the Grim Reaper is waiting behind a trap door. There was no water, but guests could recline on lounge chairs in vaguely nautical attire and sip cocktails, which were priced as if the ocean was at our feet. Pool parties also happen all year long — I just attended one in the middle of March. As noted, there are many beautiful men in Los Angeles, and pool parties are the best opportunity to appreciate them.There's also a golden opportunity to learn another tongue and culture from the city’s many handsome Spanish-speaking teachers. Not a week goes by that my partner and I don’t stop in El Compadre on Sunset Boulevard for flaming margaritas and mixed fajitas — even though it’s a little expensive and there’s not much natural light.There was a time when I thought the best Mexican food in the world came from New York City’s taco trucks. After all, you can’t live or be in love without good food, and L. Mexican cuisine has provided spicy sustenance for both body and soul.In New York, the weather was a constant source of worry. Due to the space’s size, he couldn’t stand fully erect, and if he accidentally leaned on the back wall, he risked opening a hatch and falling to his death onto the stage below.Surely, America’s artists deserve a better life than this torturous existence.Donald Trump will tell you — crowd numbers matter, and that makes us by far the greatest force in The Resistance. Jerry Brown confirmed this when he declared in his state of the union, “California is not turning back. What if I sweat through my shirt on the subway ride? Sure, there are occasions to dress up, but gone are the oppressive fashion laws and the cruel elements used as justification to enforce them. But chances are, if you hang out at one of Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurants or the Abbey, it’s only a matter of time before a production assistant asks you to sign a piece of paper that will allow them to air your face to the world, unblurred. If being on TV is your dream, there are so many other opportunities to pursue it.