"Nothing is as panoramically familiar as your first live sight of New York. Not a single exclamation of ruin or edifice, but an entire novel you know by heart. It is the eternal, expanding cityscape that man-hugs you as you cross the bridge from Queens on the way in from the airport. You already know so much about the place: you know what the people sound like, you know what they think, you know about their theatrical anger and their dust-dry humor. You know how they walk, their gestures, how they order their coffee. You know what they eat, what's in their fridges and closets. You already know what the phones and the sirens sound like. New York is a club you've been a member of for a long time."
A.A. Gill, To America With Love
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