[quote]R110 you have got to be joking. How can you not know who Patti LuPone, Victor Garber and Jerry Adler are/were?
R110 *was* joking, but you missed the point: NOBODY CARES about these people besides the uber-gayest Broadway show queens. In any event, it's a moot point: you're practically guaranteed to encounter a celebrity at some point (or, more likely, many points) if you live in either NYC or L.A.
[quote]What's so wonderfully singular about NYC is that, unlike in Flyoverdullsville where people blur, EVERYONE has a spellbinding story to tell. If it's not communicated verbally, you can read it in the faces of each and every New Yorker. Stories of extreme success, triumph, heartbreak and loss. It's all quite dramatic, really.
No, but it's certainly all MARY! As if NYC has some sort of monopoly on human tragedy -- though many of its residents certainly think so. One friend of mine, a native New Yorker who moved away for five years and just moved back, could *never* make it through a conversation without at least one reference to 9/11 or Hurricane Sandy or some other tragedy that happened to hit the region.
[quote]unless you're making six figures, you cannot really appreciate it for all it's worth.
COMPLETE bullshit. You can still appreciate NYC even if you're stuck living in a studio walk-up in Queens. The "New York Experience" isn't exclusively limited to expensive entertainment options like orchestra seats at the Met and dinner every night at Per Se.
[quote]Referencing R105, how the fuck is Moscow more expensive than Paris?? That seems off.
I take it you don't travel much, hon. Moscow is now insanely expensive, having embraced capitalism to its fullest. Meanwhile, Paris is actually considerably more affordable than most other parts of Western Europe, particularly London. Hell, even Berlin's gone from cheap to quite pricey in under a decade.
[quote]I guess it's the NY water which makes the difference?
No, it's the fact that the correct way to make a bagel is via boiling, and most bagel makers outside of NYC don't do it that way. OTOH New Yorkers are deluded in their belief that you can't find a good bagel *anywhere* but New York. What, you don't think L.A. has its large share of picky Jews who demand 100%-authentic bagels? Hell, a few places even have them in my current large "flyover" city of residence.
Anyway, I also agree R122 is mostly correct, with a few blatant errors. Chicago a bastion of fine architecture? Seriously?? Honey, please: Millennium Park alone doesn't making Chicago an architectural star. Mexico City is hardly "24/7 everything," even if its nightlife tends to follow that of Spain and Argentina (don't bother dining before 10pm unless you enjoy empty restaurants). San Francisco restaurants? Now you've *really* lost the plot (and no, you don't get to count Yountville eateries as part of "San Francisco" proper). Portland is a far more vibrant dining destination these days than SF, as are Houston and Austin. Also, Paris is for the most part terribly passe in terms of dining: the gourmand avant-garde has moved on to Stockholm, Barcelona and London.