New York City, "the world's most fascinating, frustrating and irrepressible city." --Sam Roberts
We know it as the largest in the United States (8.4 million) with its iconic landmarks: Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, United Nations, Times Square, Wall Street, Greenwich Village etc. It is a major center for international business and commerce, and internationally recognized for excellence in art, music, dance, theatre and fashion. "Culture just seems to be in the air, like part of the weather" --Tom Wolfe. It is also one of the most diverse cities in the United States; 36% of the population is foreign born and its citizens speak over 800 languages! As Columbia professor Ken Jackson says, "America begins in New York."
The city is very special for me. I went to college there (Columbia College), met my wife there, celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary there, and have attended the US Open Tennis Championship in Flushing Meadows, Queens each of the last five years.