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Jess Allen, 33, is a freelance writer and works in the Learning & Development department at Barnes & Noble. Garrett Ziegler, 29, works in educational assessment, and is completing a PhD in English at Columbia University. They moved to New York from Seattle six years ago and write a blog about the city called "We Heart New York."

CNN: What are the best and worst things about living in New York?

Jess and Garret: The best and worst things are the same: everyone wants to be here and the city changes both rapidly and constantly. The upside of this dynamism is diversity: there's always something new to do, something new to see.

No matter what you want to do, someone else wants to do it too, which can be a marvelous antidote to the loneliness. But sometimes you just want to say, "Does there really need to be such a long line for this poetry reading?"

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