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  1. Because we have the most iconic skyline

  2. Photograph: Museum of the City of New York
    Photograph: Museum of the City of New York

    Because of Manhattan’s grid

  3. Photograph: Filip Wolak
    Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Because our bars are open until 4am

  4. Photograph: Krista Schlueter
    Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Because the Manhattan cocktail was invented here, and we’d like to see someone try to make it better than we do

  5. Because New Yorkers live longer than almost anyone else

  6. Because, believe it or not, you can still find a rent-stabilized apartment in NYC

  7. Because we invented hip-hop and still do it better than any other city

  8. Photograph: Grace Chu
    Photograph: Grace Chu

    Because our LGBT scene is actually an LGBT scene

  9. Photograph: Jon Klemm
    Photograph: Jon Klemm

    Because bands blow up after playing here

  10. Photograph: Joan Marcus
    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Because New York is the home of the musical—which we still do better than anyone else in the world

  11. Photograph: Joseph Moran
    Photograph: Joseph Moran

    Because in the summer, you can see tons of world-class music and performance art without spending a dime

  12. Photograph: Jena Cumbo
    Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Because of bodega cats

  13. Photograph: Eric H. Brown
    Photograph: Eric H. Brown

    Because it’s impossible to feel nerdy here

  14. Photograph: David Rosenzweig
    Photograph: David Rosenzweig

    Because unlike other metros, our subway runs 24/7

  15. Because even though some cities claim to have better coffee, New York has the most coffee

  16. Illustration: Giuseppe Paolo
    Illustration: Giuseppe Paolo

    Because NYC is one of the most linguistically diverse cities in the world—and we’re working to keep it that way

  17. Because space constraints mean we get creative with our cultural hot spots

  18. Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
    Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

    Because you can eat pretty much anything at any time

  19. Because NYC inspired Bob Dylan—and some downtown movement called punk

  20. Because Sesame Street was invented and takes place here

  21. Photograph: Virginia Rollison
    Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Because there’s room for innovation and tradition to coexist

  22. Photograph: Krista Schlueter
    Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Because the power of our pizza draws in thousands—including former heads of state—to sample both classic and innovative pies

  23. Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson
    Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Because, for as little as $50, you can own a piece of New York City. Sort of

  24. Photograph: Francine Daveta
    Photograph: Francine Daveta

    Because you can see A-list comics for cheap in intimate spaces nearly every night of the week

  25. Our warhorses take a licking and keep on ticking

  26. Photograph: Kathryn Kirk
    Photograph: Kathryn Kirk

    Because we have both a publishing capital (Manhattan) and a writers’ residential capital (Brooklyn)

  27. Photograph: Lance Edmonds
    Photograph: Lance Edmonds

    Because the city is in the throes of an independent-bookstore renaissance

  28. Photograph: Everett Collection / Rex USA
    Photograph: Everett Collection / Rex USA

    Because, for most New Yorkers, Jean-Luc Picard is just another dude who lives in Park Slope

  29. Because New York City is responsible for some of the world’s most useful—and, okay, frivolous—inventions

  30. Photograph: Ilenia Martini
    Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    Because other cities often copy projects that started or were perfected here—look at the High Line

  31. Because the city’s water supply gives New York some of the best-tasting tap water around

  32. Because you can travel the world without leaving the boroughs

  33. Photograph: Melissa Sinclair
    Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

    Because we have the most theaters in the world—by a long shot

  34. Because New York City is the most recognizable pop-culture reference point

  35. Photograph: Virginia Rollison
    Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Because NYC has the second-largest Jewish population in the world—a massive influence on the city’s identity

  36. Photograph: Filip Wolak
    Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Because our lack of space promotes a creatively willful ignorance

  37. Because New York is truly a 24-hour city

  38. Because countless songwriters created their masterpieces here

  39. Photograph: Jolie Ruben
    Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Because of the breadth of our movie screenings—NYC has an array of venues catering to every different taste

  40. Photograph: Michael Kirby
    Photograph: Michael Kirby

    Because you can hear first-rate jazz performers—both seasoned veterans and hot contenders—playing live every day of the week, 365 days a year

  41. Because NYC has the best menswear designers

  42. Photograph: Sean Ellingson
    Photograph: Sean Ellingson

    Because you can visit independent shops, high-end designers and legendary department stores in one day

  43. Because the absurd and the mundane coexist harmoniously here

  44. Because New York was a pioneer in modern engineering

  45. Because NYC is the media epicenter of the world, with enough room for both staid institutions and innovative publications

  46. Because indie and public radio still have a place here

  47. Photograph: Richard Burrowes
    Photograph: Richard Burrowes

    Because we have a gay funplex in midtown

  48. Photograph: Michael Kirby
    Photograph: Michael Kirby

    Because we have more culture than anyone could possibly see in one week—maybe even one lifetime

  49. Photograph: Virginia Rollison
    Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Because New Yorkers come together—in ways small and large—after crises

  50. Photograph: Aurelie Joly
    Photograph: Aurelie Joly

    Because we’re arrogant enough to do this list in the first place

Photos: 50 reasons why NYC is the greatest city in the world (slide show)

Flip through Time Out’s list of facts that prove why NYC is better than every other city out there, all in one handy slide show.

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Our slide show of the 50 reasons why we think NYC is the greatest city in the world is a handy reminder of why New York is unforgettable—thanks to the Empire State Building, the subway and other only-in-NYC icons. Take a spin through these New York photos, and if you think we left anything out, tweet at @TimeOutNewYork with the hashtag #NYCIsTheGreatest to sound off on why you think NYC is the greatest city in the world.
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