New York has a number of characteristics that set it apart from other cities. As a native New Yorker who has traveled much, I feel I can make a few educated assumptions.
Cities are notions as well as culturally rich realities that you may stub your toe on and identify the characteristics of indefinitely: asphalt, concrete, sycamore trees, corner delis, high-rise residences, takeout eateries, and so on. The ‘infinity’ of possibility – which is what cities are in the imagination – however, is what allows me to access what I feel is their fundamental reality. We constantly make up what we see, and this is especially true in New York. The formation of a city is influenced by our moods, attitudes, attractions, and aversions.
San Francisco is a city that has a lot in common with New York. Another city that is comparable is downtown Los Angeles. While I was living in New York City, I even forgot I wasn’t there.
Furthermore, I feel New York City and London are comparable cities. Consider theater and entertainment, for example. Furthermore, in recent years, both cities have experienced a rise in the number of skyscrapers built.
Both Chicago and Detroit, in the United States, are northern cities with many skyscrapers, museums, and cultural institutions. They are, however, far more scattered and are surrounded by suburbia. The Midwest has its own culture and pace of life.
New York has a unique pace and intensity that you won’t find in any other US city, and no other city, in my opinion, has “the same feel” as New York. Its street environment (in terms of diversity and vibrancy) is unrivaled; you could walk for hours and never get bored.