One doesn’t have to live long in NYC to understand one of the non-obvious benefits – the ability to completely disappear into anonymity as an individual if you really need to. It’s quite easy to lose oneself, in a good way, on an island humming with the presence of 3 million people. Folks living in other places don’t seem to comprehend the typical New York City experience of living in a 500-unit apartment complex for years, and not knowing any of your neighbors. Some might shudder at the thought…I find this aspect of life in New York quite appealing.

I like the Brooklyn accent. It may not be a sound oozing sophistication or sex appeal, but it does give its owner an almost brazen air of confidence in almost any social situation. Great stuff!

From New York City by Andrey Butov.