Why San Francisco is not New York, an article by Nick Bilton for the New York Times in response to somewhat (expectedly) meh feature (Is San Francisco New York?) by a magazine called New York, created a lot of buzz and chatter in the twitter sphere. Emily Chang talked about it on her show. I somehow missed all the hoopla, being busy with Structure Data, in New York. Having lived in both places for roughly equal amount of time, I can say that whole SF/New York debate is result of magazine editors having as much imagination as taste of a boiled pea.
The difference between two cities was made obvious when I walked past a Nike store in Soho, where I say a lot of people lined up to buy limited edition sneakers that are result of a design collaboration between Nike and Givenchy designer, Italian born Riccardo Tisci. I know there are a lot sneaker-fans in San Francisco Bay Area, but I don’t see lines outside stores as often. On the other hand I have often encountered “Standing in Queues for Sneakers” phenomena in the Big Apple. Back in SF we line up for new iPhones.
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New Yorkers line up for anything–tickets for live concerts in Central Park, launch of gadgets, author signing, Vendy awardees, even Ash Wednesday ashes.
San Franciscans also wait in line for trendy eats and drinks. (Bi-Rite Creamery, Blue Bottle Coffee, Tartine Bakery, etc.)
Tourists now stand in line for those places 🙂
To each his own I guess.
Personally I would line up for either. Not much choice though for “Ash Wednesday ashes”.
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