The End of New York Exceptionalism?

Toward the beginning of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s multi-award-winning musical Hamilton, the Schuyler sisters are looking to go out and have a good time in New York, which they declare is “the greatest city in the world.” It’s not an original declaration to be sure, but in the musical, it’s a line that always seems to drive the audience wild, tourists and locals alike. New York, the playground where the Schuyler women want to be, is the biggest, the brightest, the best. If you’re not in New York, you’re nowhere worth being.