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Old 12-06-2010, 05:36 AM
 
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On TV and in the movies, New York City seems endless and immense, but then again, Manhattan is only 2 miles wide, so it can't really seem THAT big, right?
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Old 12-06-2010, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Astoria, Queens, you know the scene
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The first time you visit, it will seem immense, you will feel tiny. Especially if you're coming from Europe where there aren't too many skyscrapers. In Manhattan, it's practically ALL skyscrapers, and they're much taller and bigger than they are in Europe. If you're coming from Tokyo, New York will feel like you're visiting Cleveland or something. It would probably take you only a good 45 minutes to walk from the Hudson river to the East river along 42nd Street, but Manhattan is long. I work in the FiDi and it takes maybe 30 minutes by train just to get to Central Park, and it's the same city!

Also, it's important to remember that New York City consists of 5 boroughs. Manhattan is just the central business district where people work. The other boroughs are just as urban, you won't generally won't see sprawling backyards and detached houses like you will in the suburbs for example. Everything is still packed in tight. If you take into account the outer boroughs, New York feels humongous.
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:13 AM
 
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If there was no traffic you could get anywhere in NYC in under 20 mins by car.
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:17 AM
 
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new york city is "big" for a new comer because there's so many things to see but once you've lived here as long as i have ( i was born here and am 19 years old) it gets somewhat boring and old. the only place i find fun/entertaining and with new things to see everyday would probably be queens/brooklyn
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:18 AM
 
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Bigger.
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:19 AM
 
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Yes.. New York lives up to it's appearances on TV, unlike D.C. or LA which seem a lot cooler on TV but in real life disappoint.
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:25 AM
 
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on tv and in the movies, new york city seems endless and immense, but then again, manhattan is only 2 miles wide, so it can't really seem that big, right?
it is muych bigger in when your in it and travel underground as well
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Old 12-06-2010, 08:24 AM
 
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If there was no traffic you could get anywhere in NYC in under 20 mins by car.
The only time there is no traffic is in the movie "I am legend". Beware of midtown traffic in holiday season. 20 mins won't take you too far.
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Old 12-06-2010, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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The only time there is no traffic is in the movie "I am legend". Beware of midtown traffic in holiday season. 20 mins won't take you too far.
Like, maybe a block. Two blocks if it's late at night. (Only a slight exaggeration.)

Yes, I think, unless you are from Tokyo, NYC is a little overwhelming for most people on the first time, and it seems immense even to people who've been here for decades. There are children who grow up in NYC and never leave its bounds until they go to college. It typically takes as much as two hours or more to get from one extreme end of the city to another, and there are multiple extreme ends of the city (Coney Island, Far Rockaway, Tottenville, Woodlawn Heights, City Island, etc.).
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Old 12-06-2010, 11:03 AM
 
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I would say yes. If you take the train into every borough and just take one time out of your day nd try walking as much as you can in every borough-you will realize how big the city is. If you drive and or take public transportation from place to place it might seem big but walking is where I feel you'll get the whole scope of how big not only Manhattan, but the outer boroughs are.
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