Re: smackdown: mcwhorter v. treme
None of the stuff you mentioned there has anything to do with the magic of New York City.
It's difficult to explain to skeptics. I've been to many beautiful cities in various countries. I'm not a New Yorker. I like to live where I live, but I also like to be near the city for when I want to be there. It's a fascinating place. Just walking and looking at people and places is enough of a delight. The diversity and the way people mix and mingle, the pace and rhythm of the city, the coexistence of the richest and the poorest, unconflicted, side by side, in its peculiar balance, the sounds and sights that make the city alive and powerful. Come on! Where else?