Okay just to clarify... I've never actually been to New York, but... based on extensive research (via YouTube, Google Maps street view, and all of the many, many movies and shows that have been filmed there), I just feel like New York and I would agree with each other.
1. New York seems like a rather personable, friendly town.And by that I mean, strangers walking down the street would actually stop to help you if you needed it. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's the vibe I get.
2. New York seems to have a very creative, anything-is-possible spirit.I don't know if this is because of the pulse and noise of the city or just because creative people tend to move there, but it seems like there'd be a mindset there of creativity and trying new things.
3. New York seems very grounded / here and now / tangible / touchable.Not sure the word I'm looking for there. Basically I mean that it isn't one of those places that you only ever see from the safety of your car (I'm looking at you, Los Angeles!). It's the type of place that you actually physically see, smell, and touch. You walk the pavement, you get yourself from point A to point B by your own blood, sweat, and tears. There's a tactile presence to places like this that make you feel like you're a part of the city yourself.
4. New York has rhythms and traditions.Okay technically every town has these, but due to the tactile nature of how people live there, it feels like a place where people know about (and actually attend) the summer movie night in the park, for example, or notice when the Christmas lights go up around town, etc. Those are things that are easy to miss when you're living in the typical suburban bubble (where your day consists of moving from house to car to work to car to house again).
5. New York seems more "green" than most places I've lived.Which I realize is a strange thing to say about a "concrete jungle", but what I mean is that because you walk everywhere... there's no gas to buy, no exhaust fumes to contribute to the world. You're typically living in a very compact apartment, so less waste that way. Groceries, laundry, churches, basically anything you need to do in a normal week... they're all within walking distance. That is definitely not something I can say about my current town.
6. New York is a place where you already are where you need to be.Meaning that you don't have a 4-hour roundtrip to get to the airport, a music concert, or a street vendor. You just are there already. There's no commute time to get to the city because you're already there. Which yes, I realize is true of most cities, but still... it's cool. I don't like the feeling of having to take half my day just to get to something (considering that where I live now is 2 hours away from the nearest metropolis). When I lived in Portland, that was one of the things I think I loved most. You were just there, ready to participate in whatever needed participating in. Ready to experience the big and little things of the city. That's a phenomenon that's hard to experience unless you live somewhere.
Anyway, all this to say that even though I've never been there, I feel a kindred spirit with New York. I could totally be wrong about what it's like to live there, but hopefully it's just as wonderful as it portrays itself to be! Those of you who do live there... am I even close to describing it's true vibe? I know every city has it's own personality, and it's hard to describe a personality for a place I've never been, but... this is one of the most well-documented cities in the world, so I feel like I have a pretty good idea. What do you think?