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Here Is New York by E.B. White
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Apr 11, 10

it was amazing

E.B. White offers the best and final word on the questions people have been asking me for years. When others find out I lived in NYC, they ask one of two questions. "Did you like living there?" from those who are incredulous that anyone would want to live in Manhattan's concrete jungle. Or, from others, who think one would have to be crazy to abandon The City That Never Sleeps: "Why did you leave?" Though White wrote this essay in 1949, it still rings true today. Even more eerily so at the end when he writes: "The city, for the first time in its long history, is destructible. A single flight of planes ... can quickly end this island fantasy, burn the towers ... the intimation of mortality is part of New York now: in the sound of jets overhead..."
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