Ever since I was young, I am obsessed with the success of America. And New York is the largest Financial Center in the US, as well as in the World.
It is a hugh city of more then eight million people of all ethnicities of the world, from Tahitians to Tibetians. People who don't bother to find out or to understand the complexities of life in NY tend to say something like: NY is so dirty and full of street crimes, New Yorkers are so aggressive and rude, and New York is controlled by Jews and the Mafias!
All these assertions have been made by Europeans and Asians, specially the Chinese! I have one in Hongkong tell me "life in New York is so dull and boring".
Well, like many things in real life, some of every opinion is to some degree sometimes contain certain kernal of half truth. The fact of the matter is that New York is full of superlatives of so many things that people are envious. New York is the headquarters of some of the largest world corporations, it is the center of world finance at Wall Street, it is the centers of publications, advertisement, and entertainments.
New York city alone has over twenty universities and ten major museums.
Last year was one of the poorer years in the tourist industry in New York, and New York had over 12 million visitors! I still tell people who come to New York city first time that don't ever think New York is typical of the United States. When you are young and can afford the time and money, New York is a very exciting place. If you like gourmet food of the cuisines of the world, or if you are a "culture vulture", you have you have operas and concerts. New York educates and broadens you mind, it is the IN place of the world!