It is a miracle that New York works at all. The whole thing is implausible... By rights, New York should have destroyed itself long ago, from panic or fire or rioting or failure of some vital supply line in its circulatory system or from some deep labyrinthine short circuit. Long ago the city should have experienced an isolated traffic snarl ar some impossible bottleneck. It should have been touched in the head by the August heat and gone off its rocker,,, There is not enough air and not enough light, and there is usus=ally either too much heat or too little. But the city makes up for its hazards and its deficiencies by supplying its citizens with massive doses of a supplementary vitamin: the sense of belonging to something unique, cosmopolitan, mighty and unparalleled.
(E.B. White, 1899-1985)