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New York Is… Holidays

A public holiday is always a good excuse to celebrate. While New York needs no excuse, being provided with one will always spur a splendid party. Whether the holiday is political or religious, celebrated with parades, meals, or funny rituals, observed with prayer or volunteer efforts, or any other style, a holiday in New York …

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New York Is… Medicine

In a city of 8-million people, some are going to get sick. Some may get injured. Most, hopefully, will grow old. When this happens, the bustling metropolis offers some of the greatest hospitals in the world, some of the most interesting pharmacies, some of the most dedicated health care professionals, and any other aspect of …

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New York Is… Clocks

In New York City, everyone is in a hurry and everything runs on time. Public clocks are everywhere. And, because it’s New York, they are works of art. Whether they are held up by art deco statues at Tiffany’s, calculating to a fraction of a second at Union Square, advertising a store in midtown, or …

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New York Is… In Progress

O. Henry famously said “New York will be a great place if they ever finish it.” And truly no place is ever as gloriously unfinished as the Big Apple. We keep biting a little piece at a time, tweaking, changing, fixing, and adjusting. We are always in motion, always in progress. Whether new skyscrapers are …

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New York Is… Heroism

New York demands strength and resilience from its inhabitants, two of the truest characteristics of the everyday hero. In a chaotic and dramatic city, the need for heroics can become clear to the most ordinary of citizens. Whether Wesley Autrey knew he could rescue a stranger from the subway tracks or Captain Sully knew he …

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New York Is… Steps

Many traits set New York apart from other places. Two such attributes are that the city is relentlessly vertical and kinetically pedestrian. Put the two together and it’s no surprise that the metropolis is virtually made of steps. From round steps to rickety steps, from fire escapes to escalators, from double-set grand staircases to wide …

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New York Is… Language

In the most diverse city in the world, you can indulge in your love of virtually any language under the sun. Some languages (like Spanish, Bengali, or Mandarin) are spoken in little pocket areas throughout the city. Others (like Russian or French) are concentrated in very specific enclaves of a given culture. But whether you …

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New York Is… Science

Though the Big Apple is traditionally admired for its prowess in the worlds of finance and the arts, the sciences are not to be ignored in this town. Some of the greatest educational institutions’ science departments can be found in New York. Some of the greatest science museums are here – not just the obvious …

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New York Is… Columns

The majesty of columns is repeated everywhere in New York. Whether on a church, a courthouse, a bridge, or even a store, these decorative supports mirror the rise of the towers around them, providing textural contrast with the walls and windows of their buildings. Indoors or outdoors, fluted or smooth, Ionic, Doric, or Corinthian, classical …

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New York Is… Glass

Though nostalgists often bemoan the lack of brick and marble in modern architecture, there is something to be said for the magic that is glass. Whether used to make a bottle, a mirror, a light fixture, or a New York City skyscraper, glass is a durable, flexible, colorful, and luminous material that works wonders on …

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