I am also a huge fan of New York City and I enjoy living in Manhattan. However, I must confess that I strongly disagree with you. Please do not get me wrong, I love New York, its people, its streets, its vibe, etc. However, I think you are being a bit too egocentric and limited in your viewpoints. I believe that you have not been able to capture the true essence that has made the United States a cultural leader in the world and where culture stems. It seems that you have not spent too much time in American Suburbia and other places to realize that cultural leadership in the United States resides in its suburbs. I agree that New York has some of the greatest art galleries and museums. However culture is not limited or constrained to art, it is a much broader concept. Culture also encompasses religion, language, communication, and many other things. Culture encompasses your Ipod, your Levis Jeans, McDonalds, Facebook, Google, your Dell laptop, and many other elements, none of which are from New York. Granted that the leading marketing and finance firms are here, and they are definitely on the cutting edge, but cultural leadership and innovation comes largely from other places. Yes, it is nice to live in New York, go to the museums, and meet a lot of foreigners, but neither your Xbox/Wii/PS3, neither your Windows Vista, or your Big Mac come from New York. As much as you may like Columbia University or New York University, please be realistic and understand that the cultural leaders are most likely to be found in Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Chicago, etc. Perhaps next time you write you should try to be more open-minded (as New Yorkers are commonly stereotyped) and understand that New York is not the center of the world. The center of the world still remains in suburbia. Sorry for that eye-opener, but for a New Yorker your intellect seem to be pretty limited.
The Delivery Guy