Living in providence 2020- what is it like?
comparing PVD to NYC is like comparing clam chowder w pizza-- they are both great for very different reasons.
PVD is my kind of "city," in that it's NOT a megaopolis like NYC. you can't really have a car in NYC unless you can afford to park it, and you can't really NOT have a car in PVD unless you are adept on a bike, comfortable riding it on roads that are hostile to bicyclists, or willing to pay an ever inflating rate for RIPTA buses that are not well funded or maintained.
do you want to buy a home or rent? home/rent costs are expensive in both places but higher in NYC for sure.
as for the seasons, well-- we haven't had a proper winter in RI since Jan-March of 2015, but fall here is nice, and summer is mild and spring is very colorful. PVD is easier to "escape" if you wanna feel close to nature, where NYC has wonderful public green spaces that will do if you don't mind always being inside a giant fucking city.
good luck w your interviews. one thing is for certain, no one can decide for you whether RI pizza strips are actually "pizza," you'll have to figure that out according to your own values if and when you move here.