And without a doubt, it’s one of the most awesome places on Earth. Here are ten reasons to back that up.
1. The Skyline
New York has the best skyline on Earth. Among the iconic sites that can be seen include the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center, the Condé Nast Building, the MetLife Building, the New Yorker Hotel sign, and One World Trade Center. And depending on the angle, you can also see the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge.
2. It’s Open 24/7
Truly the city that never sleeps, New York’s subways, buses, and the Staten Island Ferry operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Bars stay open until 4:00 a.m. and there are dozens of restaurants open offering virtually any kind of ethnic food imaginable. But there’s lots more than that: you can find a beauty parlor (Hair Party), buy produce (Rossman Fruit and Vegetable Distribution), pick up that much-needed copy of Thriller (Best Buy in Union Square), shop for hardware supplies (Nuthouse Hardware), go bowling or play pool (Whitestone Lanes and Space Billiard Café) or work out at one of the city’s plentiful 24-hour gyms.
3. It’s The Place Where Hip-Hop Was Born
Other early icons included Run-DMC, Public Enemy, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Doug E. Fresh, The Beastie Boys, Salt-N-Pepa, LL Cool J, KRS-One, De La Soul, Erik B. & Rakeem and The Wu-Tang Klan.
In today’s culture, Hip-Hop has either partnered with or has been absorbed by modern brands, and talented superstars such as the late The Notorious B.I.G., Foxy Brown, Mos Def, 50 Cent, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Nas, and Jay-Z ,who still manage to combine their vision and talent with commercial appeal.
4. Where Late Night Television Got An Attitude
In 1982, the hip culture of New York was gauged by David Letterman, a gap-toothed Midwesterner who challenged the conventions of what a talk show could be. On Late Night With David Letterman, which ran until 1993 on NBC to The Late Show With David Letterman which will come to a historic end in 2015, David Letterman has gone from the snide kid to television’s elder statesman. And with his nightly Top 10 List, his love for New York couldn’t be more apparent.
5. It’s The Home of Sesame Street
The brownstone at 123 Sesame Street was inspired by the buildings along Amsterdam Avenue. The Sesame Street subway station was modeled after the original 72nd Street subway station. When the series was developed by the Children’s Television Workshop, Sesame Street was designed to resemble an urban, inner city landscape, recognizable to children although slightly idealized.
7. New York Filmmakers
Martin Scorsese’s work has covered virtually the entire history of the city including the 19th Century New York in The Age of Innocence and Gangs of New York, the Forties in New York, New York, the Seventies in Mean Streets and Taxi Driver, the Eighties in After Hours, Goodfellas and The King of Comedy, and the Nineties in Bringing Out The Dead and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Another iconic New York director is Spike Lee, who has focused much of his work in the city, and most often in Brooklyn. Among Spike’s most iconic New York films are She’s Gotta Have It, Crooklyn, Do The Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues,Bamboozled, Summer of Sam, 25th Hour, Inside Man and Clockers.
8. New York Creates Food You Couldn’t Imagine Existing and Then Can’t Live Without
And usually more popular.
From food trucks to the the croissant and donut hybrid, The Cronut, found at Dominique Ansel Bakery to A.B. Biagi’s Hot Ice-Cream Sandwich to Chef Keizo Shimamoto’s Ramen Burger to the new bagel renaissance courtesy of Black Seed Bagels in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood, New York has thousands of interesting and unusual flavors and dishes to sample for “Foodies” of every persuasion.
New York sports fans are passionate, opinionated and loyal. And legends are revered, including such iconic athletes as Yogi Berra, Keith Hernandez, Reggie Jackson, Willie Mays, Nolan Ryan, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Phil Rizzuto, Walt Frazier, Patrick Ewing, Bryan Trottier, Denis Potvin, Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky, Phil Esposito, Jim Thorpe, Joe Namath, Don Maynard, Eli Manning, Jeremy Lin, Curtis Martin, Joe Klecko, Frank Gifford,Dennis Byrd, Tiki Barber, Michael Strahan, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.
Don’t bother arguing about it either. In the eyes of a New York sports fan, cheering on anyone else already makes you a loser.
10. Times Square
Once considered the worst block in town with an unprecedented 2,300 annual crimes (including rape and murder), Times Square was part of a mass redevelopment starting in 1990 which both eliminated the criminal element as well as attracted high profile retailers and companies, making it the number-one visited place globally with 360,000 pedestrian visitors a day, amounting to over 131 million a year. It is home of the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop, attracting millions of television audience viewers and visitors worldwide. Among the tourist destinations are the Times Square Visitor Center, the Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, a Toys R Us with an indoor 60-feet-high ferris wheel, M&Ms World, Hershey’s Times Square, the Disney Store, MTV’s headquarters, Times Square Studios (home of ABC’s Good Morning America), The Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood.