New York is one of the most influential cities in the world.
Whether it’s the financial institutions on Wall Street, the fashion houses of SoHo, the museums and cultural institutions of the Upper East Side, the art galleries in Chelsea, or the United Nations, the influence of New York is incalculable. With the tremendous amassing of human talent, resources, and ambition, New York is one of the centers of cultural production in the West.
New York has one of the most secular center-cities in the U.S.
Secularism, individualism, and competition are deeply rooted in New York. For much of the 20th century, the Church was weaker in New York City than in any other American city. In 1989, less than 1% of center-city residents attended an evangelical church, compared to 25-40% of the population nationwide.