I Like New York in Yule

With Rockettes, stores and Scrooges, Manhattan evokes the ghosts of Christmas past

Why is New York the most hated city in America? Partly because it is so very old, with all the ailments that attend decrepitude. The town is seen as a doddering, muttering, pest-ridden bag lady. New York can hardly remember the glory days when it was an empress, exquisite in its elegance and clout. In that gilded time, Manhattan was also the world's show-biz Mecca, a glamour magnet of theater, department stores and cafe society. Today those species are endangered or extinct.

Once a year, though, like a princess who has been sleeping in rags, the town stirs itself to recall...

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