What's so special about New York City?

Apr 14th, 2007, 08:20 PM
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I have lived all over the United States and a few places in Europe, but to me nothing compares with my home of New York City. It's so full of life and energy that I never feel tired when I'm there. 9/11 did, in fact, make New Yorkers more aware of kindness and that's made it an even better place. I was never so proud to call myself a New Yorker - even though I no longer live there - as I was just after 9/11!
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Apr 15th, 2007, 08:44 AM
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Didn't mean that the way it sounded. To say "you've visited America" by only going to major cities is just crazy, but that's the way many travelers are. yes, NYC has the actors, painters, great minds, etc but remember that at the heart of this country is the American farmer. You sure can't compare the lifestyle of a rural Kansas farmer to a Soho sculptor. Of course, for non-English speakers, traveling outside the larger towns could prove to be very difficult...
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Apr 15th, 2007, 08:50 AM
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"Exciting" and "vibrant" are the two words that, to me, best describe New York City. And, it's an excitement and vibracy that I never tire of!
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Apr 15th, 2007, 08:51 AM
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I never realized I'm "crazy" for often saying I've visited Europe, since I've easily spent over a year and a half there in total over the last 12 years. I have yet to visit or stay with a farmer in Europe, so I guess I haven't yet visited Europe.
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Apr 15th, 2007, 09:06 AM
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No I didn't say you're crazy. What the heck is wrong with everyone here twisting everyone's words? Can't you just disagree or give a different opinion without insulting someone. I love New York. I just returned from it. It's all good. But no, I don't think that just seeing major cities in ANY country gives you a real feel for the country. That was an off the subject comment I made for any traveler.. much in the same way one can't get a true feel for the Caribbean by just visiting a few hours by a cruise ship. NY is a wonderful city...but read the OP...how big are the houses, general lifestyle questions. That's an opportunity to discuss many types of life experiences in the USA. We met many many rural Swiss last year who had no idea where KY was! Only when you mention Derby and fried chicken do they start nodding....
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Apr 15th, 2007, 10:31 AM
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anyone who has to ask what is so special about nyc has never been there. there is only one way to find out and that is to go see it for yourself.
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Apr 15th, 2007, 10:35 AM
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It is not one of those cities where you look in the newspaper to see what there is to do today. Rather you look through all of the hundreds of things to do to try to choose the thing you like the best.
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Apr 15th, 2007, 10:37 AM
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"To say "you've visited America" by only going to major cities is just crazy, but that's the way many travelers are."

"No I didn't say you're crazy."

I'm sorry, what part of this am I not understanding? If you make the first statement then aren't you saying that anyone who says that (or the same thing about another place) is crazy? What words did I twist?

Why do you say I'm insulting you, when all I did was question your statement?

But if this is clearer -- yes, I do disagree with your statement that a person is crazy for saying he has visited America when all he's seen is major cities. No he hasn't seen ALL of America. Has anyone here accomplished that?

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Apr 15th, 2007, 10:42 AM
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Neo, have you considered Xanax?
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Apr 15th, 2007, 10:44 AM
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The buzz. You can palpably feel the energy there and it's energising.

I NYC
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Apr 15th, 2007, 10:45 AM
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LLindaC, have you?
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Apr 15th, 2007, 11:08 AM
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"Vibracy"
I like it Howard!

Me thinks someone needs to take a timeout at the FunnyFarm.
 
Apr 15th, 2007, 12:01 PM
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LlindaC, thanks for turning my simple request for an explanation into an insult. You accused me of insulting when there was none, but I'm not sure how else to read your comment.

Are you unable to tell me what's wrong with my logic regarding the two "crazy" statements?

If you say someone is crazy for saying something when he has said that very thing, then how can you then say you aren't calling him crazy? And how can you call that "twisting your words"? What am I missing here? I'm not trying to be rude here, but really trying to understand your point.
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Apr 15th, 2007, 12:15 PM
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It's home.
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Apr 15th, 2007, 01:26 PM
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To say "you've visited America" by only going to major cities is just crazy

That was my statement. I didn't say YOU or any PERSON was CRAZY. I think to judge and experience an entire country based on visits only to the largest cities is ...okay...find a word for me oh high one Neo. Fill in the blanks. For an out of country visitor, which was the origin of the thread here, to want to understand America and the reason why so many people go to NYC is complex. NYC is amazing and historical . But then, Mendocino is amazing, too. So are so many many places in the USA.
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Apr 15th, 2007, 01:45 PM
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Should I make some popcorn? This is better than a gradeschool tennis match. Editors: cleanup on aisle 9.
 
Apr 15th, 2007, 03:19 PM
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Just the facts m'am ---

From a born and raised and still living in NYC person (me): New York City is comprised of 5 boroughs: Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Manhattan is not NYC. Geographically, Manhattan and Staten Island are islands. Brooklyn and Queens are attached to Long Island, but when we speak of Long Island we're talking about the suburbs, not Queens and Brooklyn; and The Bronx is attached to rest of New York State.
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Apr 15th, 2007, 03:22 PM
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Popcorn and some diet Coke on ice ... well, actually I have been quaffing on a magnum of a 2004 Clos de Papes.

Not only do I live in a special city, but we get the added bonus of others arguing about why it's so special.
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Apr 15th, 2007, 06:26 PM
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"To say "you've visited America" by only going to major cities is just crazy

That was my statement. I didn't say YOU or any PERSON was CRAZY."
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OK, geez, sorry I was so thick. Finally I get it. If anyone says they visited America by only going to major cities he is crazy, but when a person says he visited American by only going to major cities you are NOT saying he is crazy.

OK, clear now. Thanks for setting me straight. I don't know why this was so hard for me to understand before. I apologize for my stupidity.
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Apr 15th, 2007, 07:15 PM
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Wow, what a question. I live in Manhattan and to me what makes NYC incredibly special is what I refer to as "NY Moments". It's being on the crowded subway seeing some guy pole dancing while singing Michael Jackson's Thriller during your morning commute. It's going to a hole in the wall theatre on a whim and seeing an amazing play on a topic you never even considered. It's walking down a busy avenue at night with taxis, wind, and people rushing by and feeling like you are in the center of the universe. It's being able to walk out your door and get lightbulbs, milk, a cheap massage, see a movie, and pick up dog food by walking 3 blocks. It's the diversity, the opportunity, the food, the history, the culture and art, but most importantly it is the incredible variety of people who are (mostly) incredibly proud and willing to share this city.
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