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New York Times and Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2013. She lived on 17th street for a minute.

Hagen has an interesting comment:

I almost feel bad for people who are born and raised here because you’ll never understand how the outsider feels about New York City. People look at this place as a dream machine, as an opportunity to escape whatever their current reality is. They look at it like it’s magical. But people look at this place and dream about coming here. And people who have grown up here will never understand what that feels like.”

There is also mention of E.B. White’s Essay from 1949 “Here Is New York.” I’m going to try and track it down.