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No matter your age, background or interests, it’s easy to find something to love about the Big Apple. Here are the things that make me proud to call it home (and why you should visit as soon as possible).

When American Way asked me to write about New York, I realized that this city doesn’t need much of an introduction these days. I also realized that New York City and I go together for a great many reasons. For one thing, though I have lived and worked here for a long time, I very often feel like a tourist for the simple reason that every day here is exciting. Every day presents something new to discover, and as I see so many visitors on a daily basis, I am constantly reminded of what a great place New York City is. People come from far and wide to visit, and I am lucky enough to live here.

New York resonates with history. The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Wall Street, Fifth Avenue, Times Square, Broadway, Lincoln Center, Central Park — all these places are well known and worth visiting. In addition, top-level museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and many more make New York City their home base. That’s the great thing about this city — only the best can make it here, so the best is what you’ll get.

Living here for so many years has made me selective about what I like to do; having access to so many wonderful things allows you to be particular. So I’m giving American Way readers a glimpse of my New York City — places that are close to my heart, what I admire most about the city and what it means to me.

As a longtime resident, I can say without hesitation that New York City is the greatest city in the world. If you analyze all it has to offer — the constant energy level, the sophistication, the many nationalities, the variety of events and entertainment — it becomes clear that everything is here. Manhattan is the world on one fantastic island. I have no doubt that when you visit, you’ll feel the same way.