No, I have an elemental grasp of geography and I know that New York City is the capital of New York State which is one of the states in the Federal Union that makes up the US.
What I mean is:
Is the city commonly regarded by both New Yorkers and other Americans as something else again? That it is culturally, socially and politically unique and different to all the other cities in the US? Even I, a 24 year old Australian girl, knows about the infamous headline “FORD TO NEW YORK: DROP DEAD” - is this just part of the divide?
I’ve noticed that native-born New York Americans seem, well different to the rest of you, and I can’t quite put my finger on why. But I do love listening to Lou Reed’s I’m Waiting for the Man…and something about the song makes me think New York.
What do you think?
I really, really want to see the place myself ASAP, by the way.