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please stop labelling cities as "New York wannabes"

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1. Posted by grasshoppa (Full Member 202 posts) 9y

Time after time people will critisize cities for being "New York city wannabes" saying things like, "if you wanna see a city desperately trying to be like New York then visit".... or "theres nothing special about this city its just another New York wannabe" and quite frankly its a load of rubish. Cities have never been designed or built based on other cities, each city is unique and has its good things and bad things.

Toronto and Sydney are two cities that often get labelled as NYC wannabes and its completely unfair, they are completely different cities. These two cities are obviously alot smaller than NY but by no means does this make NY better.

can anyone tell me why this continuously happens??

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Quoting grasshoppa

can anyone tell me why this continuously happens??

I've personally never seen this happen. Searching the forum here for "wannabe" and "like New York", I at first glance also don't see any threads where this has happened. Perhaps some context on where you see it happen would be appropriate? (And might at the same time give the explanation you're looking for.)

3. Posted by emma1979 (Full Member 126 posts) 9y

I've never heard of 'New York Wannabes' either but I was told that Dunedin in New Zealand was supposed to be like Edinburgh in Scotland but it's nothing like it!!! Dunedin uses the same steet names as Edinburgh but that's as far as it goes
One kiwi woman from Dunedin told me when she visited Edinburgh she cried as it made her so home sick for Dunedin and reminded her of it so much - she musta been hepped up on goof balls...

4. Posted by Smirnoff (Budding Member 43 posts) 9y

I never heard of Sydney and Toronto being compared to NY, except when it came to the financial industry. I was always surprised by the similarities between Toronto and Chicago, and how prominent the lake shore setup is.

However, I would have to say that there are many cities in the world that are similar. If you do some research of historical geography, you will find that there have been several urban city models; models that have been used to build cities around the world. Nevertheless, every city is unique because of the people and the political priorities.

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting grasshoppa

Toronto and Sydney are two cities that often get labelled as NYC wannabes and its completely unfair, they are completely different cities. These two cities are obviously alot smaller than NY but by no means does this make NY better.

can anyone tell me why this continuously happens??

That is news to me grasshoppa. I have never heard people say that.
It would be a strange thing to say. Looks like those who say it, dont really experience properly the atmospheres of Toronto and Sydney.
;)

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

New to me as well, the only comparison sometimes made is the skyline. Some cities in the world, mainly in North America, Australia/New Zealand and East Asia have those amazing skylines. But actually, I think New York is one of the lesser ones since the WTC towers collapsed, so I don't see the comparison.

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Nup, never heard of this term either so can't comment.

8. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

...'NY wannabes"? Haven't come across this term in my travels. Lots of cities do get compared, but in my experience, it's just a way of trying to explain the vibe of a place. Having said that I think anyone who is calling a city a 'NY wannabe' is probably missing the whole point of travelling - to experience new things and new places, not dwell on similarities.

9. Posted by ristinw (Full Member 53 posts) 9y

Quoting grasshoppa

Toronto and Sydney are two cities that often get labelled as NYC wannabes and its completely unfair, they are completely different cities. These two cities are obviously alot smaller than NY but by no means does this make NY better....

Well, i really agree with u, how comes comparing Sydney to NY???? I just came back from Sydney yesterday, and i'm sure that both of the cities are quite different, people, costume, streets, ascent!!! , things to see , things to do and the weather......we can't say that Sydney is another NY wannabes!!!!

10. Posted by Emmalineau (Full Member 94 posts) 9y

I've heard it a little....many people compare Melbourne to New York in terms of people, food, vibe, culture etc. These same people more often compare Sydney to LA - equally shiny and happy, lots of sun, lots of beaches, shopping, nightlife etc. But really - all major cities are a law unto themselves: what makes them fantastic is their unique nature!