Published on October 12, 2015

12 reasons New York City is the greatest city on earth

1) Wall Street

A prominent global city and the heart of capitalism, New York is a vital city for industry. The city’s financial sector is especially powerful, Wall Street being recognized as the financial center of the globe. Two of the world’s top stock exchanges are based in New York City; the Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange.

 

 

2) Art museums

New York City is home to some of the best museums in the world. In terms of visual arts, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum and Brooklyn Museum hold world-famous works that will melt art-lovers' hearts.

 

3) The laughs

New York City is a comedian's mecca. Jon Stewart, Tina Fey, Amy Schumer... all belly-bustingly funny and based in New York City. Alongside these famous, established comedians are the thousands of up-and-coming comic artists trying to make their dreams come true on stand-up stages across the city. There's always a comedy show somewhere waiting for your chuckles in NYC.

 

4) The shopping

New York City is truly a shopaholic's dream. Manhattan is home to arguably some of the best department stores in the world. Whether scouting out Bloomingdales, the boutiques lining Fifth Avenue or the Green Flea Market, there's always something to buy and something to sell in New York City.

 

5) Central Park

One of the most famous parks in the world, complete with a zoo, beloved restaurant, ponds, lakes, sculptures and more, Central Park has everything a park could possibly offer a New Yorker. Stretching 843 acres, Central Park remains a favorite escape from Manhattan's urban jungle.

 

New York is the best

 

6) The cultural diversity

Some 800 languages are spoken in New York City, making it one of the most linguistically diverse places on the planet. Around 36% of the city's population is foreign-born, coming from the likes of the Dominican Republic, China, Jamaica, Guyana, Mexico, Ecuador, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, among hundreds of other countries.

 

7) Broadway

"There's nothing that can match Broadway for stature and dignity," said Sammy Davis Jr. about New York's famous theatre district, which features plays put on by the best performers and directors in the world. New York City is truly the mecca of live theater, with amazing plays and musicals not just on Broadway.

 

8) The literary scene

Tony Kuscher, Jonathan Franzen, Walt Whitman, Nora Ephron... the list goes on of New York literary heroes who have made their way into the depths of the concrete jungle and come out of it with respected novels, poems, scripts, essays and screenplays. A long-time literary scene and a publishing hub, it's no wonder some of the best words ever written were written in New York.

 

9) Film and television

Though L.A. is the big city for the silver screen, there are plenty of television shows and movies being shot in New York City. Live shows like The Daily Show, The Late Show, and The Tonight Show are all taped in studios based in New York. Meanwhile, thousands of both major feature films and independent flicks, along with hundreds of television series have been filmed in NYC.

 

New York is the best

 

10) The architecture

Whether it be Gothic revival, Art Deco or international style, New York City's many skyscrapers represent the varied architectural influences on the city. In fact, Manhattan has one of the most diverse collections of buildings in the world representing different architectural styles.

 

11) Good eats

From a food truck on the streets of Brooklyn or Michelin-rated restaurant, you can taste some of the best food in the world in New York City. Any kind of food in the world can be found in the city at its highest quality. Chinese, Thai, Jamaican, Texas BBQ, Mexican, El Salvadorian... the list goes on. Now for something truly "New York", try either the classic New York cheesecake, a pastrami and corned beef sandwich or a coal-oven pizza.

 

12) Fashion

With the largest concentration of fashion designers and retailers in the world, it's no surprise New York City is a hub for the international fashion industry. Some 6% of the city's workforce work for the fashion industry. You can see it reflected on Manhattan streets, stomping grounds of the world's best-dressed.

 

The list is endless. New York is the best!

 

 

Sources: villagevoice.com, Time Out, nycedc.com, Wikipedia: Central Park, Demographics of NYC, Architecture, grubstreet.com, nyctourist.com

Photo 1. based on New York, by Yann Gar, CC-by-SA 2.0

Photo 2. based on Central Park, by nancy smith, CC-by-2.0

Photo 3. based on new york the new nr. 4, by Ozan Hatipoglu, CC-by-2.0

The author
Elizabeth Trovall
After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her third year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.

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