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please stop labelling cities as "New York wannabes"

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11. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Haven't seen it on TP before, but it sounds like a comment I could have made myself, even though I haven't been to NY :)

12. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 9y

Haven't been to NY either, and haven't really heard of the phrase "New York wannabes". But I did visit Sydney and quite like it. I'm sure many cities will have similarities, that's inevitable. But there's also a certain charm to each city, and it's up to the traveller to find and experience it.

13. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Strange that no one else has heard this, because I constantly hear talk of Toronto wanting to be "like New York." In one of the most famous examples of this, in 1987, the very funny Peter Ustinov called Toronto “New York run by the Swiss.”

Perhaps you have to live there for it to register. More generally in Toronto, we often hear talk, especially from local politicians, of trying to make Toronto a "world-class" city, by which they mean the kind of place that tourists will want to flock to like New York.

Tourists often compare Toronto unfavourably to New York because of the similiarities. If you are going to go to a big city and are on the East Coast of the USA, why go to Toronto when you can go to New York?

14. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 9y

I wish New York was more like Sydney. I'd certainly want to go there more often if it was.

15. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Having been to New York, Toronto, & Sydney - l wouldnt compare any of them (although New York and Toronto were bitterly cold when l was there - Sydney was just wet!)

Ive heard the statement but not necessarily on TP - l would call Sydney the sleezier older sister to Melbourne though - and l claim that one having made it up all by myself

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

Quoting Purdy

Ive heard the statement but not necessarily on TP - l would call Sydney the sleezier older sister to Melbourne though - and l claim that one having made it up all by myself

How dare you!

17. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

What does that make Brisbane?

18. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

The warmer cousin???????? I didnt visit Brisbane so l cant really comment!

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

Brisbane is like the suburban cousin - a little bit behind the times....and with scary clothing!

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

I heard that Brisbane was a wannabe Las Vegas, hence the constant references I hear of Brisbane as Bris Vegas.