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Copenhagen vs New York City: Reversal of fortune?

“When I first moved to Copenhagen from New York City, more than a decade ago, Danes used to ask me why I wanted to come to a little place like Denmark after living in glamorous Manhattan,”, writes Kay Xander Mellish in a new article for Berlingske.dk (in Danish) and The Copenhagen Book (in English).

“Nobody asks that any more. In the time since I’ve been here, Copenhagen has increased its confidence while New York City as a cultural capital seems to have lost its mojo.”

Fading industries
Industries that used to make New York City unique and exciting are struggling, Kay writes. Glamorous magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair are having a hard time adapting to a digital world, and the big American TV networks are being outpaced by YouTube and Netflix.

The latest fashion trends are now more likely to come from South Korea than Seventh Avenue, and New York City hasn’t been the center of the American music industry since the Ramones were playing CBGBs. The sound capital of the U.S. these days is Atlanta, at least when it comes to urban music.

The Copenhagen brand
“Copenhagen, meanwhile, has created a brand for itself as the hippest city in Scandinavia,” she writes. “It’s benefitted from a worldwide interest in green living, innovative healthy food, and the hygge craze of a few years ago that’s still helping to sell Danish-branded products abroad. Danish houseware design is an international standard of excellence; Copenhagen’s urban bicycling infrastructure is a model for the world. Copenhagen is having a moment; Copenhagen is cool.”

You can read the entire article at The Copenhagen Book or in Danish at Berlingske Tidende.

 

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    Reply Melissa L. November 14, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    I’m glad NYC is cleaner & safer than in my childhood, but it’s become chain everything. The chain/franchise business have priced out so many of the independent businesses. The creative character has gone rather flat. The energy of the up-and-coming is lacking because it’s so costly (I know, compared to Copenhagen, NYC is still cheap!) If you’re young and creative you have a better chance of career success living in a smaller, cheaper city.

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    Reply Melissa L. November 14, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    I’m glad NYC is cleaner & safer than in my childhood, but it’s become chain everything. The chain/franchise business have priced out so many of the independent businesses. The creative character has gone rather flat. The energy of the up-and-coming is lacking because it’s so costly (I know, compared to Copenhagen, NYC is still cheap!) If you’re young and creative you have a better chance of career success living in a smaller, cheaper (U.S.) city.

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    Reply Kaley Reign September 12, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Hi Kay, and thanks for an interesting read. Myself and my fiance is about to move to Copenhagen from NYC (actually Upper East Side). We are currently looking for somewhere to live, and is struggling a bit with all the websites offering apartment. We are not really sure where to look, and was wondering about something like: https://boligpanda.dk/ where you need to pay to get the contact info. Is that the way to do it, or do you have any other advice?

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      Reply Kay Xander Mellish September 12, 2019 at 1:26 pm

      Hi Kaley! I’ve never heard of Bolig Panda, but I have heard of Bolig Portal, which is very popular. You need to pay to get access to that service as well.

      Not sure what your price range is, but if you are not students, I’d plan on paying DK12,000-DK15,000 a month and aim at one of the newly-built apartments in Amager or Nordhavn, both of which are near the water.

      Keep in mind that you will often be asked for 3 months in advance in rent plus 3 months security deposit, and will probably have to provide your own fridge, dishwasher, laundry machines, etc.

      Good luck!

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