Thursday, March 22, 2007

London vs New York? Bovvered?

As a London born ex-New Yorker now living in London you can imagine my orgasmic (how unsexy is that word when used out of context?) and unbridled excitement for the cover story of this week's New York magazine: London vs. New York. In mere column inches the 21st century's clash of culture capitals was to be decided.

As any Londoner worth a £3 a minute cab ride will tell you, London 2007 is as good as it gets. From the Tate to Topshop, the Southbank to Spitalfields, the Olympics to the Old Vic - London is a helluva town. And New York magazine is at no pains to recognise this, going so far as to ingratiate us with "in short, New York is cardiganed Woody Allen, and London is party-dressed Lily Allen." Now, doesn't that just make you smile? Except I was thinking New York is more tough talking toreador Tony Soprano and London is S&M Willy Wonka Russell Brand. Surely?

So what did New York magazine actually decide, you ask? Let's just say the coin was definitely weighted. In today's age of die another day magazine sales a publication entitled New York was always an unlikely bedfellow for bigging up Blighty's bonanza. And as for what I think? I just hope that today's opening of London's first Abercrombie & Fitch store isn't an indication of direction. Certainly chinos are for daytime golfing in the burbs, not all-night boozing at the local.

So, is it London or New York? You decide. I love both equally and individually like children. Or like a parent I convince myself. No, forget column inches on the subject. The next time somebody posits the two all I need is one word -"bovvered?"

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Anonymous hb13 said...

There are differences between the two cities. London does not have the same "service culture" that New York and America has. Stores close early, and the city is more spread out than New York, making it more difficult to get around.

You'll go into either London and New York and you'll find a Virgin Megastore and a you'll find Starbucks, but I think on a deeper level London is still a microcosm of England. Most international cities now look more like one another than the small towns that surround them.

But the similarities are growing, and hard to ignore.

Nice post again CS!

8:09 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New York any day.

Shit is just so much easier and cheaper there. I mean who can afford a bleeding cup of coffee in London these days?

8:09 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We've got a lot in common — originally because you came from us!

8:11 pm  
Anonymous newyorkdaytripper said...

Since London is adapting various aspects of New York lifestyle to their own, they must feel it worth doing. No matter how similar we may become, they are still two distinct cities. I don't think it's a big deal as long as it doesn't get to be a "tug of war" to see who will take the first position overall.

But, of course, being a native New Yorker - I feel it should be us!

8:12 pm  
Anonymous danny78c said...

London is a cheap high street imitation of the real thing!

8:13 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Londoners, are more concerned with preserving history with new building. New Yorkers are more willing to be bold.

8:14 pm  
Anonymous foxtons fucker said...


But we have known this for years

8:15 pm  
Anonymous Englightenedat40 said...

Just look at your teeth. Is that because you are so damn prehistoric as you are at pains to remind us all the time?

FCUL London!

8:16 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

c'mon kids - behave

but got to love the name foxtons fucker


8:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how LA feels about this?

8:24 pm  
Anonymous GA said...


Didn't you tell me that your favorite city was Buenos Aires?

8:24 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally perefer Leeds to both.

8:28 pm  
Anonymous Keith43 said...

Milton Keynes man myself but NYC is good every now and then for a burger run. Thats bout it.

8:30 pm  
Anonymous Kurt said...

Both are great cities but the rest of the world is so much more accessible from London. Paris for lunch without breaking the bank?

9:22 pm  
Anonymous HeartyBowl said...

Indeed Kurt.

London is best because you can go anywhere and do anything

11:09 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New York has turned into an insular suburb of pyscho babble talking heads.

11:09 am  
Blogger Glamourpuss said...

I didn't think anyone made clothes more anodyne than Gap until I went to Abercrombie & Fitch.

As to NY or the Old Smoke, they both have considerable charm but I'm with Dr Jonson.


12:45 pm  
Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

It takes a big city to cede "Capital of the World" bragging rights, doesn't it?!

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