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View Poll Results: Which feels bigger to you?
Tokyo 116 73.42%
New York 42 26.58%
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Old 04-08-2015, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Tokyo
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I have to agree that NYC is much more visually overwhelming than any part of Tokyo.
Tokyo feels too spread out for me, and the buildings are not very tall compared to other mega-cities.

Also foreigners find the crowds in Japan to be overwhelming but after years of commuting in Tokyo you start to feel nothing when squeezing into the 7am train.
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Brussels
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Tokyo, by far
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:52 AM
 
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Agreed.
but instead EVERY block is lit up like Time Square - and the skyscrapers are roughly the same height as well. So just picture Times Square but every avenue between 8th and 1st is lit up that way all the way from 42nd street to 57th street - and keep in mind, this is just one little neighborhood in Tokyo
There are more skyscrapers on the blocks surrounding Times Square than there are in all of Tokyo. The reason why more places don't look like Times Square in New York is because the city forbids (rightfully so). Nevertheless, I agree that overall Tokyo (and a handful of other Asian cities) are more monstrous and overwhelming than NYC. I think Midtown may be more visually overwhelming than area of other cities because of the grid and the height of the buildings.
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Old 04-11-2015, 05:04 AM
 
Location: Miami Beach, FL/Tokyo, Japan
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Well, it feels bigger. But not instantly if that makes sense.

When you step foot in Manhattan, with all those skyscrapers, you get instantly amazed with the scale of everything. There is no neighborhood of Tokyo that will capture that, not even Shinjuku or Shibuya.

But take a train through the city, and your mouth will gape at just how long it stretches, and stretches. It's like Los Angeles but with Brooklyn type structural density.

Here is a toast to Tokyo I took from my apartment building's bar for you guy's to gawk:

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Old 04-11-2015, 04:03 PM
 
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New York should put a ban on those metal roll down shutters for shop fronts. They're exceptionally ugly and give a seedy back alley feel to commercial main streets in Manhattan.

Simply doing that alone would help the city make a noticeably better first impression.
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Old 04-11-2015, 06:03 PM
 
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They have banned them. And all current installations ones have to be phased out within a couple years.
Personally, I kind of like the atmosphere they created.
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Old 04-11-2015, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Texas
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New York City is just crowded and smelly. Tokyo is an extravaganza for the senses. A little bit of overload.
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Old 04-12-2015, 02:11 AM
 
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They have banned them. And all current installations ones have to be phased out within a couple years.
Personally, I kind of like the atmosphere they created.
Nice. Which department put the ban in effect and when? Do you have links?

Also, do you think they will do something about all the seemingly unused ugly newspaper boxes?
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Old 04-12-2015, 02:30 AM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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I have to agree that NYC is much more visually overwhelming than any part of Tokyo.
Tokyo feels too spread out for me, and the buildings are not very tall compared to other mega-cities.

Also foreigners find the crowds in Japan to be overwhelming but after years of commuting in Tokyo you start to feel nothing when squeezing into the 7am train.
I find it veeeeeery difficult to believe someone who lives in Tokyo would say this.
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Old 04-12-2015, 02:33 AM
 
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I find it veeeeeery difficult to believe someone who lives in Tokyo would say this.
I've got to agree. I think New York is the better city overall, and has improved by leaps and bounds since the 70s (even though it's backslid a little since the recession) but I don't find it all that great to look at.
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