Why NYC is the greatest city in the world

Los Angeles? Chicago? London? Fuhgeddaboudit! We’ve compiled 50 facts that prove New York City’s civic superiority, and asked some of our favorite New Yorkers to chime in.

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New York, we love you, and even though you may bring us down sometimes, there’s no place we’d rather be. (This is Time Out New York, after all.) Our colleagues at Time Out London will try to convince readers this week that their city is better, but we’re not buying it—do they have the Empire State Building, or Central Park, or New York–style pizza? No? We rest our case. Read on for 50 reasons why we think NYC is the greatest city in the world, along with reasons from some of our favorite New Yorkers (including Emma Straub, Dave Hill, Bridget Everett and Garrett Oliver).—Edited by Amy Plitt



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John Leonard
John Leonard

I agree. I've never been somewhere so beguiling. I visited NYC in 2012 with my wife. In 2013 we had to go back. We'd been yearning to return. We arrived in the evening, tired, and my wife went to bed. But I just had to take a walk down to Times Square. Upon leaving the hotel I felt drawn to touch one of the buildings and say to myself 'I'm Back'.

needarest
needarest

Nothing much to say - Been a New Yorker all my life. As a matter of fact this fact goes back for generations. Enjoy the cultural aspects of the city - excellent restaurants, some decent plays, bright lights, some museum walks - HOWEVER - been noticing the filth & garbage more & more. Don't like walking blocks & blocks to get somewhere. It's very difficult finding a parking space. It's has become much too crowded & uncomfortable@ this point. It's is & always will be - the Only salvation from suburbia (land of the dead & the dumb). However, I'm definitely ready for more congenial climate, atmosphere, year-round easy-to-get to fun, palm trees, etc. I just want to kick back & rest - Cannot do that in NYC. Tired, or so tired of it all! Time for a major permanent change.

Janna
Janna

i've grown attached to Soho throughout the years, and watched it grow. i would have to say that this neighborhood greatly adds to what makes NYC great. it has seemingly everything. i read a really engaging review on it recently here: (http://newconstructionmanhattan.com/blog/2013/03/what-is-it-about-soho), and while new york has a lot of amazing neighborhoods, there's just something about Soho.

ed robinson
ed robinson

I hope 1(one) is the best since this is super