Should Gwyneth Paltrow move to New York? Pros and cons
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced that they are “consciously uncoupling,” just a few months after they also announced they are selling their $11.5 million London townhouse. They reportedly bought a $4 million Los Angeles home last week, but they still own their Tribeca penthouse. So why not move to New York full-time now, Gwyneth?
To help her make a decision, amNewYork rounded up a list of pros and cons of moving to the greatest city in the world.
PRO: Closer to Broadway(Credit: Flickr / Broadway Tour)
We've all seen her on "Glee." Maybe it's time for Gwen to take on the live-action version. Her mother, Blythe Danner, has acted in at least a dozen shows, and even said she met beloved husband, Bruce Paltrow, when he produced a show.
CON: Times Square(Credit: Flickr / La Citta Vita)
All of it. Just look at this photo.
PRO: Paparazzi is not as intense(Credit: Getty Images / Paul Ashby)
Photographed here dodging the paparazzi while leaving yoga in London in 2004, Paltrow could certainly benefit in New York.
CON: Graydon Carter is here(Credit: Getty Images / Stephen Lovekin)
Paltrow apparently grew so enraged over an upcoming Vanity Fair profile that in October 2013 that she sent an email to her famous friends asking them not to speak to the magazine about her and to never "do this magazine again." "Kim Jong-un couldn't have issued a more blanket demand," "Carter said in the editor's letter, cheekily titled "The Paltrow Affair." Stay away from Monkey Bar, Gwyneth.
PRO: She will probably lose her British accent(Credit: Getty Images)
Paltrow has said that her kids have "weird accents" after living in London and New York. But Paltrow herself has called the British accent "the most beautiful in the world," and she has been known to slip in words like "mum" and "aubergines" (eggplants to Yanks). If it only took 10 years living (part-time) in London for her to start talking like that, a return to New Yawk talking shouldn't take too long.
CON: She will probably lose her British accent(Credit: Getty Images)
Paltrow once said "the British are much more intelligent and civilized than the Americans" and who doesn't enjoy making jokes about people who say things like that? Especially when everyone knows New York is the world's greatest city (sorry not sorry London).
PRO: The city is always under construction(Credit: Flickr / torbakhopper )
When Paltrow and Martin announced they would be selling their London townhouse, their neighbors apparently were not so sad. Paltrow and Martin joined three structures to make their mansion, and the neighborhood was apparently not so happy with the "flashy cars" and "huge swimming pool." "We have had years of their building works," one neighbor said. With New York in a constant state of construction, nobody even notices that noise anymore.
CON: The city is always under construction(Credit: Flickr / Rich & Cheryl)
Remember when New York had character? Sorry, you can't hear us over the construction at Hudson Yards? Yeah, we thought so. Stay away from Second Avenue if you can Gwyneth.
PRO: Closer to some of her favorite restaurants(Credit: Google )
Paltrow has said that Babbo, pictured here, is one of her favorite restaurants. You can't argue with Mario Batali.
CON: Away from her favorite diet delivery service(Credit: Instagram / Detox Kitchen )
Paltrow is known for her diet tips, to state the obvious. She wrote on GOOP in May that her favorite diet delivery service is The Detox Kitchen, a diet that is delivered straight to your door. That beats her recommended cleanses any day.
PRO: Her mother, Blythe Danner(Credit: Getty Images / Kevin Winter )
Gwyneth's parents, Blythe Danner and the late Bruce Paltrow, built their whole lives in New York. In 2008, Danner told New York that the city kept her going. "For a woman who's a widow and pretty much a loner, I can walk out and I'm surrounded by NYU kids," she said. "The energy jumps off the sidewalks, and I never feel sad or bored."
CON: Her high school, The Spence School, is here
Paltrow graudated from the elite Spence School on the Upper East Side in 1990. Is there anything more horrifying than the idea of running into high school classmates after recently splitting (sorry, "consciously uncoupling") with your husband?
PRO: Plenty of single people(Credit: Flickr / Gulan Bolisay )
New York has some of the lowest rates of couples, according to data gathered by Facebook. In other words, there are a lot of fellas on the market in NYC!
CON: People are single for a reason(Credit: iStock)
The reason why there are so many single people? The same analysis found that New York is one of the worst places to find love, so everyone just stays single.
PRO: End up like Katie Holmes(Credit: AFP )
Katie Holmes moved to Manhattan after splitting with Tom Cruise, and by all accounts, she's been owning her experience in New York. "New York has been very good" to her and Suri, she said in February, 2014. She gushed further: "I love the theater, the galleries in my neighborhood. Stuff [like] that is so much of what makes me love this city. I love the Knicks. I love talking to my neighbors in the elevator. I like feeling a part of something big," she said. Isn't that enough to convince you, Gwyneth?