I had coffee with Christine Amorose in Chiang Mai a few days ago. We discussed our backgrounds, swapped a few travel stories, shared career plans. And touched on New York City — more specifically, our respective inclinations to move there.

The desire for the twenty-something crowd (aka young professional) to move to New York City is not unheard of — not even close. I have several friends who made the jump to the Big Apple — three from Seattle, one San Diego brokers’ daughter, & Sloane (interacted online before meeting in person in Seattle). Multiple others I’ve spoken to have expressed a desire to. Even amongst the travel blog circuit, Christine and I are not alone.

The first time I went to New York City was the 2007 Inman Connect conference. While working for Zillow and Virtual Results, I attended the next 4 Connect Conferences in NYC up until 2011 (I missed 2012 since I left for SE asia right after Christmas). From the moment I first set foot in the Big Apple in 2007, I was hooked. The dirty & packed subway during rush hour, Central Park, Brooklyn, the quaint bars in the West Village…the general “vibe” of the bustling city that never stops moving. The list goes on and on. Between 2007 and 2011, I looked forward to my time in NYC every January. I met some amazing New Yorkers like Patrick Healy & Doug Heddings, both of whom I now consider good friends. Spent a fair amount of time working from Zillow’s NYC office with Justin Scott and the crew. I ate AMAZING korean BBQ with Rob Hahn (in 2009 I think).

Today, Christine sent me this video (we weren’t on our computers when we spoke) that she mentioned had played a part in her desire to live in NYC.

The video cements my desire to live in the city for a stretch. Not sure how long, but I’m convinced that, whenever I decide to head back to the United States — I’ll end up in the Big Apple. This is not a new fascination by any stretch of the imagination — I contemplated moving to/working from NYC as far back as 2009 while I still worked at Zillow.

There’s just something about New York that draws the young professional in. I can’t quite put my finger on what exactly “IT” is, but it’s certainly alive and burning for me.

NYC is an itch that needs to be scratched.