No. 26. Bodegas! I can get a 40-ouncer of Colt, a Vitamin Water, some toilet paper, a frozen meal, soap, produce, cheese, and a pack of Camel Lights at 4 A.M. or 4 P.M., all in walking distance of wherever, I may be. – Katie Walsh
No. 27. Because you can find LOVE UNDERGROUND.
No. 28. Because the Upper East Side has no interest in being THE NEXT COOL NEIGHBORHOOD. –Amy Larocca
No. 29. Because “MAD MEN” SATURATES US IN THE RETRO ALAMOUR, so many of us came here for in the first place. – Emily Nussbaum
No. 30. Because although we banned trans fats, WE’RE NOT AFRAID OF FRYING.
No. 31. Because we can eat warm chocolate bread pudding with bacon crème anglaise OUT OF A TRUCK.
No. 32. It’s the easiest place to be lonely. – Rebecca Katherine Hirsch
No. 33. Because you can party ON YOUR WAY TO YOUR PARTY.
No. 34. Because you can never finish seeing the METROPLITAN MUSEUM OF ART.
No. 35. Because the head of the Department of Transportation IS A CYCLING RADICAL.
No. 36. Because a person moving from a farm to midtown would actually REDUCE HIS CARBON FOOTPRINT.
No. 37. Because when your boyfriend breaks up with you at 2 A.M. on a Tuesday night, you can always find a bar that is full of hot people with a bartender that will feed you shots and a cute boy that you can make out with. – Kara Candy-Sawyer
No. 38. Because people will use antibacterial after using the subway one stop, but not after picking up after their pets in the park.
No. 39. Because WE’RE NOT ACTUALLY THAT RUDE.
No. 40. Because strike be damned, you can SEE AN EMMY-WINNING TV SHOW IN A 150-SEAT THEATER.
No. 41. Street meat. Chicken tikka for lunch in midtown, a 4 A.M. kebab on the Bowery.
No. 42. As a very successful woman, I love New York because it is the only place I was able to meet and marry an even more successful man. – HAWish5824
No. 43. I love that my grandparents could build a life and a family in this city but not in their own country. That they would then move out to the suburbs and watch me go right back in to do it for myself, in the same place where my family began. – Shauna Rushner
No. 44. Because WHAT OTHER CITY COULD HAVE AN OPERA SMACKDOWN?
No. 45. Because MUSIC IS STARTING TO SOUND A LOT BETTER HERE.
No. 46. Because there’s nothing we can’t turn into A PLACE TO LIVE.
No. 47. BECAUSE WE’RE TWICE AS GENEROUS AS THE REST OF AMERICA.
No. 48. Because a single block in Chelsea is becoming an ARCHITECHTURAL WONDERLAND.
No. 49. Because PEOPLE WILL ARGUE ABOUT ANYTHING.
No. 50. Because even our kids are BOOK-OBSESSED.