New York is a big city. If you take the metro region into account, it perhaps is the biggest city in the world.
The first big American city I lived in for a few months was Philadelphia. I would walk to work every morning. It was a 40 minute walk from UPenn near where I was staying to downtown. Half way through the walk you started seeing the tall buildings. And I would be like wow. That wow factor never left me those few months.
I was in Philly for a few hours in January. I went downtown. It felt like a small town.
That is how big New York is.
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