What's so special about New York City?

Apr 15th, 2007, 07:38 PM
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NeoPatrick. Get a life.

Unthinking literalism, which is what you display, is truly the sign of a small and uninteresting mind.

All Linda was saying was that there is much more to America than big coastal cities. If you don't believes that ask President Gore and President Kerry.

That said, I would never recommend that a visitor go to farm in a rural part of America than its great cities.
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Apr 15th, 2007, 08:14 PM
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It should have been President Gore!!
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Apr 17th, 2007, 06:08 PM
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Wow. I have just returned from my first visit to NYC. I have been trying to decide whether to post this southern girls trip to the city or not. We got stranded there, so our trip was a little longer than planned. I do not want to argue with anyone because I agree with several things, but I will say if a person has ONLY visited NYC they do not know how the majority of Americans live because I have been to a lot of places in this country, cities large and small, and there is no other city in this country like NYC!
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Apr 17th, 2007, 06:32 PM
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Made my first trip to NYC last September..no words can really describe your first time of being in the heart of Manhattan...it is OVERWHELMING!
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Apr 17th, 2007, 06:45 PM
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uga1015 - What did you find so different about NYC vs other cities in the U.S.?
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Apr 17th, 2007, 06:58 PM
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I'm having one of those days where New York just kicks my ass. For all the great things this city has to offer, it can be really claustrophobic and angry. That's special, right?
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Apr 17th, 2007, 07:42 PM
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while I certainly agree with those who enjoy nyc, and I am certainly one of them. I do admit to being slightly rubbed the wrong way when people talk about 'new york moments' and then describe things like riding a subway, walking to the store to get food, going to a storefront theater (I live by a place specializing in the Polish avant-garde), hail a taxi on a crowded street at 3am, things that I am able to do in my city and things I'm able to do four all within four blocks of where I sit typing this out. New York is indeed a great place, and a unique place, but sometimes what are reported as those 'new york moments' are simply 'urban moments'.
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Apr 17th, 2007, 08:16 PM
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uga you have to write a trip report !! you're back
I remember all the planning....we want details !
I was there this past weekend also, we didn't get stranded b/c we were taking Amtrak home - but my sons plane was delayed and so he also booked Amtrak, later his place cancelled .....as were many in our hotel lobby that afternoon !!

did you have fun being stranded in NYC??

No better place to be stranded !! I wished we had been -

I always say, you could live in NYC your entire life and never ever do everything, see every play, musical, reading, concert, eat at every restaurant, see every exhibit, it's just amazing how much there is to do - the choices can overwhelm but are oh so stimulating !! I can't imagine one would ever 'grow old' in NYC - too much to keep you going !
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Apr 17th, 2007, 08:27 PM
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Oh my goodness, many things. The buildings, the lights. It is a concrete world! Any place you are is so closed in! I have never been anywhere that has hardly any grass, trees, flowers, etc...Not for me, feel too confined! Streets were dirty, so crowded. On the positive side, I have never been anywhere that a person can be a star just because they decide to, even if it is for a day. We were sung to on the subway, watched hip-hop in the park, watched a contortionist at Southside Seaport, a robot somewhere else...I loved all of this! Then, of course, the history, the theater, the excitement, the food. Absolutely wonderful for visiting for me, not for living! I just kept looking at how beautiful Atlanta is when we finally got back. It is a wonderful city, and I love it! New York is unique. I would come back for the pizza at Lombardi's if nothing else.
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Apr 17th, 2007, 08:36 PM
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uga, next time you come to NYC you have to see the grass and flowers
you will have to add to your list to visit Madison Square Park (where this past weekend we watched an art installation that was fabulous), Central Park (and walk it from the MET to the other end, and you will forget you are in a city, you could spend an entire day in Central Park from dawn to dark to really enjoy it all), and to the Bronx Botanical Gardens (maybe you can come for the orchid show) and at least a half a day for the Cloisters !! - NYC has some fo the prettiest parks in the world, I think.

It is funny b/c one fo the things I like best about NYC is how I am walking along in a city and suddenly (like in many european cities) I am in the midst of an oasis of a park, with flowers, benches, grass and trees - so you defnitely need to come back adn see that part too

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Apr 17th, 2007, 08:45 PM
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We did have a great time being stranded. We stayed at The Muse for the weekend. Sunday when we got up our flight had already been cancelled. I thought, well, since we are here, might as well experience something new...moved to the Waldorf Astoria. We loved it. We got to do more things, try out another restaurant. You are so right about never getting to do everything. There are still so many things to do, places to eat. I cannot decide about the trip report...country come to town.
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Apr 17th, 2007, 09:03 PM
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Oh uga you have to post a report - it will give you a journal of everything you did, and everyone who answered questions for you when you were planning wants to hear what you liked and did not like, and for those planning in the future they often use trip reports to choose hotels, etc -

come on now, I posted by report yesterday, now get yours up tomorrow

The Waldorf brings back memories for me, when I was little we alwyas stayed there with my Dad -
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Apr 17th, 2007, 09:04 PM
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Uga.....I have the title for you for your trip report....

Atlanta country mouse gets stranded in the Big Apple and survives to tell the tale
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Apr 17th, 2007, 09:14 PM
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I love it. I am going to work on it.
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Apr 17th, 2007, 09:18 PM
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I love NYC in part for its architecture and man made canyons which is unlike any other city. It is also very international.

I do not like "New York City is the center of the universe" and "If you want to be the best, you come to New York". Coming from a New Yorker I think it is a bit self centered. How about New York is one of the great cities of the world?
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Apr 18th, 2007, 05:29 AM
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You forgot to add that we read more and we're skinnier. And better than everyone else.

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I am 63 years old and have lived 20 miles north of NYC all of my life. What is wrong with me that I hate NYC and hate when I have to go there? It is so noisy and dirty. Give me small town life any day.
Apr 18th, 2007, 08:07 AM
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My mom has a different feeling than granniem does:

She is 88 years old and has lived (as I have) in New York City all her life. People ask - why didn't she and my dad move to some reitrement community or just a smaller community? Ha!! She would feel stranded there and have a loss of independence.

In NYC she doesn't need to drive. She takes the subway, buses to get anywhere. She has her pharmacy, library, banks, post office, supermarket, coffee shops, etc. within easy walking (3 - 10 blocks away from her apartment.) Her family and friends are here. She goes to concerts, museum, movies, even senior citizen seminars on the arts, literature, politics, etc. at Brooklyn College. You get the idea. She feels - Why move just because she got older? She's got what she needs right here.

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Apr 18th, 2007, 08:24 AM
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Something really surprising about New York is how it is really about a zillion small friendly "neighborhoods" -- not just one big city. I've lived in the same small town in Florida for 30 years and have taken my shirts and cleaning to the same place for most of those 30 years. They still ask me my name when I leave things. I've stayed in three different apartments in Manhattan for short periods of time. In all three cases, after leaving shirts one week, when I return the next week -- they've all greeted me by name. I think that's simply amazing.
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Apr 18th, 2007, 08:46 AM
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I live in NYC and here are my thoughts:

1. I do not consider my friends who live outside the 5 boroughs residents of Manhattan. It peeves them, but tough sh*t. If you want to claim those rights, buy an apartment, pay city tax, and start collecting take-out menus.

2. NY rates far above Atlanta or Denver or any such city that one needs to have a car to get a gallon of milk. Walking around Manhattan on a daily basis is the BEST part of my day.

3. I love bumping into talent. Just saw Barbara Cook in front of The Graduate Center on Mon. night while walking home from work at 10 PM. Yes, 10PM. I thought nothing could make me feel less miserable as I trudged home after a long day, & then Oops-I was wrong!

4. There is always a different perspective. I walk to work and back (1/2 mi. or so) & can change up the combinations of streets & avenues so I can look at something different every single day.

5. If I am bored on a weekend, that is MY fault. Hundreds of options. No need for details here.

6. Should I feel overwhelmed in the chaos, the beach is less than 1 hr away, country is 2 hrs away, and Bliss Spa is 4 blocks away.

7. The vibrancy keeps folk young longer. I watch my parents age quickly in Florida, playing cards all day by the pool, while I hang with their much more 'alive' peers at theater, jogging in the park, & at museums.

But what really makes NY special is the melding of old & new keeping it interesting. A new, Trump monstrosity next to a gorgeous prewar deco building. Amazing. Midtown vs. LES. Fab! And the history of some of these buildings! It is a glimpse into the past--every brownstone, every prewar building - they have a history and a story to tell. Read Time & Again, and then come back and visit NYC.

Ah. I could go on and on.
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