Along with Bobby Short, Cole Porter, and millions, NYC is altogether a sentimental, personal, patriotic, almost sacred symbol of America and what America means to the world.
Forget the contentious local politics. Put aside how America's dynamism -- surely centered in the Great City -- breaks things as it builds, roughs-up as it tames, eradicates as it invents. This is what humans do, and human energy has at its vanguard, for now, us, the U.S..
Our cultural heart is NYC. It's who we are.