"Friends of mine from out of town always seem amazed I choose to raise my children in New York City. True, it's crowded, expensive, sometimes pretty gritty, and my sons don't have their own tree house or a big dog, but there are other perks. Their backyard playhouse is a castle in Central Park ; they're on a first-name basis with the zoo's polar bears; they can see the best of Broadway, off Broadway , or street performers ; there's always a parade, festival or movie filming around town ; they can sample the cuisine of dozens of cultures or get a pizza delivered anytime; and they're ten minutes from the best dinosaurs and mummies in the country . For us, New York City is the original magic kingdom. Anything you want to buy, see, do, or dream is possible here."
--Mary Lynn Blanks, Fun with the Family: New York