Thursday, March 22, 2012

Is New York Still The Cultural Capital Of America?

A question has been posed. New York has long been considered the cultural capital of America. Is it still? If not, where? This question has led to pondering on my part.

My first thought was, it's a place that is often taken for granted by those who live there. Visitors come from far and wide to experience the cities cultural delights. But, ask a New Yorker about certain things...certain places and you're likely to get a rant on too many tourists frequenting the location or, I can see that anytime. You become jaded by having so much at your fingertips. I've been known to be guilty of this myself. But, as much as I'm cranky, or complaining or just simply taking the city and it's offerings for granted, I spend just as much time, camera in hand in some dark venue capturing and enjoying all that she has to offer.

We have an unbelievable amount of cultural happenings at our disposal. There's something for everybody on any given night, in every price range, pretty much around the clock. This is something that is often not thought about until you're away from New York for a hot minute. You realize that you can't just hop on the subway and go from the theatre or the ballet to a late show at a club followed by an even later DJ set. You might not normally do any of those things but the minute you're away, you suddenly find yourself wanting to do, see and experience EVERYTHING! You notice when you only have a half a dozen or less options on a given night whereas in New York, it's a matter of what you want to do or see most on any given night. At some point, the inevitable happens; the words, if I was at home... comes out of your mouth.

But, it's not just the sheer volume of happenings in New York that makes it a special place; it's the quality. Now, don't get your knickers in a bunch. I'm not saying no other place has quality culture. I just think the amount of quality that's so easily available made New York the 'cultural capital of America,' a title I think it still holds.

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