Although more than 5,000 miles apart, and with the Atlantic Ocean fully separating them, the cities of Tel Aviv and New York are much more similar than they seem to be at first glance. Being both big and populous cities, Tel Aviv and New York have the same urban features that anyone has come to expect from a sprawling metropolis.
The skyline of Tel Aviv is full of tall buildings, much like New York’s is. But they’re not just ordinary buildings — they’re clusters of impressive high rises and skyscrapers that tower over everything else. New York’s tallest skyscraper, the Empire State Building, stands at 1,250 feet. On the other hand, Tel Aviv’s tallest skyscraper, the Azrieli Center Circular Tower, comes a close second at 614 feet. The similarities between the two cities’ are even more obvious at night. The brightly lit skyline of Tel Aviv looks like New York, and vice versa. Indeed, these two cities never sleep.
Tel Aviv and New York also have major harbors. New York’s busy harbor empties into New York Bay, and is considered one of the world’s biggest natural harbors where commerce thrives. Tel Aviv’s harbor opens into the Mediterranean Sea, and is set to be converted to a big cultural and recreational venue similar to Times Square, which, interestingly, is located in New York.
Tel Aviv and New York also have comprehensive transport systems such as buses and trains. Both cities have invested in sophisticated infrastructure to encourage citizens to use public transportation. If you’re not too careful, you can easily get lost in the stations of either city, but once you’ve found your way, you’ll quickly realize that the transport systems of New York and Tel Aviv make going around much faster and easier.
But the common points between Tel Aviv and New York go beyond the physical. Their similarities are rooted in their position as the business centers of their respective countries. Wall Street, USA’s biggest financial district is at the heart of New York. Its counterpart in Israel, the Rothschild Boulevard, is in Tel Aviv.
However, all work and no play is not a motto applicable to either Tel Aviv or New York. Both cities are home to the hottest social scenes in the world where entertainment is at its best. Bars, nightclubs, cultural centers, malls, museums, parks — you name it, Tel Aviv and New York have it.
Given how similar Tel Aviv is to New York, Israelis moving from Tel Aviv to the city dubbed as the Big Apple usually find themselves having a relatively easy time adjusting to their new home. Beyond the surface differences in culture, New York feels familiar. And with a strong community of Jews and Israelis in New York, migrants will have no reason to feel alone for too long.