"New York is so different from much of the country. Certainly different from my little capital city. I mean the Scale alone. Your mix of glamour and blatant materialism, the bigger-than-life display of culture—music, theater, movies, dance—are all over the top. It goes on and on. So many lifestyles and lives coexisting, yet not really mingling. The twenty-four-hour city with beauty in unsuspected places: small galleries and big museums; opulent, brilliantly lit interiors inside deteriorating classical structures. The unmanageable city with problems of impossible scale, with decades of historic social programs and heralded mayors. The dying, yet indestructible city."
John H. McKoy, Son of the Maya