For a lack of time, i would just say that New York City has done an incredible amount of effort to be eco.
Yes, it is not quiet if you live in Manhattan, but if uou live in Queens, then it can be.
Farmers markets: Show me one city that has anything remotely comparable to the incredible varieties at Union Square farmer's market. One time I was looking at 10 varieaties of eotic eggplant grown within two hours of the city.
Diversity: Yesterday I exchanged hellos with a Pashtun mother, chatted with a Vietnamese father, superevised play with an Ecuadorian couple, smiled at a Mexican mother, chatted about cloth diapers with a white mother, marveled at the turban of a Sikh grandfather, hung out with my Bulgarian friend, spoke to my half Ghanian half Bulgarian friend's daughter and listened to my Greek neighhbor sing a folk song.
And that is really a very brief description of the diversity here.
I do not know one family here that only speaks English at home. we should get a lot of points for that and for how incredibly hard the city is trying to be green.
There is a new public bycicle program as well. And what city can beat the MTA?
I think for the amount of people NYC services,, there is no other city that can show similar stats re: affordable housing, transportation, bike path miliage, parks.
I am surprised to see it not nominated.
A lot of the cities nominated are really small and do not have to tackle the kind of issues that NYC has successfully solved in the past.