Let me preface this by saying that I have never lived in New York City. I have visited a number of times over the last few years, both for business and pleasure. I love the city. I've actually wanted to live there since I was five years old; I recall riding in a car with my family and passing by a some nameless statue somewhere in New Orleans. I made a comment about it being the Statue of Liberty and my mom corrected me saying that the Statue of Liberty was in New York and not New Orleans. Right then I knew that I had to live in a place where they had cool stuff like the Statue of Liberty.
All that being said, I may have to rethink my position given NY Rep. Peter King's comments that Baghdad is like being in Manhattan. (Think Progress has the video.)