I've noticed a couple differences between NY and LA.
People: New Yorkers talk fast, walk fast, and just about do everything in a NY minute. Even when there's a stop sign, there's nothing stopping pedestrians from getting a head start across the street. Los Angelenos tend to take their time and stop to smell the roses.
Weather: In LA, there's no need to check to weather on a daily basis. It rarely changes -- in the coastal area the weather stays at a mild temperature year round. But in NY, you better check the weather forecast frequently. It can change from hot and sultry to a chilly day in just a couple of hours.
Food: I can't really compare the food since I had a more flexible budget in LA, but Manhattan definitely has some overpriced eateries. Ramen at Ippudo will cost $14. I definitely miss the convenience of Koreatown in LA. It's about a 25 minute drive from home. I haven't even ventured out to Flushing, Queens which is NY's Koreatown. I hope to go soon though. It's about a 1.5 hour subway ride from where my apartment. I do appreciate the diverse communities; I can walk one block west to enjoy some tamales or one block east to enjoy dim sum.
Religion: There's a lot of diversity in both cities. Hopefully I can venture out to various places of worship and learn more about other religions. I've been two different churches, and I noticed that one pastor spoke with a fiery passion, which is something I'm not used to back home.
Lifestyle: There's definitely a lot more things to do in NYC. And it's relatively inexpensive, which is surprising because NY is the most expensive city to live in the United States. You can walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, people watch in Manhattan, or hop on a ferry to Governor's Island.
I don't want to bore you with constant chatter about NY this and LA that...
This is my update until next time!