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New York City declared second best city in the world

New global ranking says NYC is well-positioned to bounce back from its current challenges.

Will Gleason
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Will Gleason

A new list of the world’s best cities was released this week, and New York was officially declared first*.


That’s right, we may have lost the top spot to London, but Resonance Consultancy, the organization behind the annual list ranking cultural capitals, says it sees enough promising developments here to keep us in the (almost) top spot.

“Today New Yorkers stand at the ready, together and alone, on their stoops and balconies ready to defend their city,” the report states. “From vague federal threats of defunding. From shadowy armies to keep calls for justice and reform loom over the city along with an invisible virus. However the world emerges, evolves or pivots out of our collective force majeure, it will happen here first.”

You may be wondering how exactly they determined this ranking. Well, a number of factors played a part in determining the list. In addition to user-generated reviews and online activity on platforms like Google, Facebook and Instagram, the rankings take into account a city’s reputation, museums, culinary experiences, transit hubs, number of Global 500 corporations and many more factors. It used six broad categories to analyze each city's merits: Place, Product, Programming, People, Prosperity and Promotion.

The list can be found here.

While we agree that New York is on the path to spring into a post-COVID world stronger and better than ever, the city’s also responding to the immediate challenges of today in plenty of new and innovative ways. If you want to read up on a few, check out our feature on the 20 people, places and things making a better NYC right now.

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