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July 6, 2017
I feel secure walking anywhere in Manhattan because I know that no matter where I walk, I'm still in Manhattan unless I cross a body of water larger than the Central Park reservoir. I can keep wandering, meandering, marveling as long as my feet can stand it, without worrying, "Oh shit. I've been walking a long time. Am I in White Plains?"

Every part of Manhattan feels like the city. But in Chicago, only its Manhattan-ish downtown does. I can't decide if I like that. My friend's neighborhood, north, feels like a suburb. A cute one, but a suburb nonetheless.