No matter how invested you get in living in one of these cities, however, it can be important to know when to step away. New York has a funny way of engulfing you and your world view. It makes other cities, like my hometown of Boston, seem quaint and pedestrian. It makes you think this is the only place where things are really happening, where things are really important. It can give you too dramatically skewed a city-centric point of view.
So if you're a city-dweller like me, what do you do to make sure you don't become a city troll, some sort of city-obsessed person who won't leave and thinks it's the only important place? Do you take trips to other places? Do you go to the park or look out on the river and remember other worlds and other lives exist? What reminds you that the city isn't the whole world?