New York, New York
There is no place in this world like New York City.
A backdrop preferred by both Hollywood and television, the New York skyline has evolved over the years as structures have been erected and demolished, and it is recognizable around the globe as a symbol of American innovation and prosperity.
New York's uniqueness lies in its extraordinary mix of different cultures. It is therefore difficult to pinpoint one overarching culture shared by all of its citizens. While New Yorkers are famous for their distinctive accent, a walk amongst the city's multilingual population will expose you to a wide variety of accents and speech patterns. read more + Sub-cultures abound in virtually every part of the city. Ethnic ones, for example, still flourish in neighborhoods like Chinatown, Little Italy, Little India, and in Astoria (Queens), the largest indigenous Greek population outside of Athens. Student populations proliferate at New York University's Greenwich Village campus, Columbia University in Morningside Heights and the Upper East Side's Hunter College. Despite the diversity, several characteristics do come to mind that could be considered common to most New Yorkers as a whole.
With everything literally at their fingertips, New Yorkers are by definition savvy and worldly, and very little surprises or shocks them. A visitor may encounter some service industry rudeness endemic to that of any major American city, but most people on the street or in the subway are friendly and helpful after you get past an initial wariness. On the other hand, New Yorkers are unfailingly proud of their great city, and this pride can, at times, come off as arrogance and an inability to see the positive beyond the Big Apple's city limits. New York offers the visitor as many cultural activities as there are existing cultures - in other words, an overwhelming choice that couldn't possibly be experienced in only one visit. Numerous offerings in sports, the arts and university life are available for the taking! And what would New York City be without its famous sights.