Challenge of the Day: Three Words to Describe New York

Shorter city pride.

For a city whose grandeur inspires people to devote their lives to its history, a three-word ode is a nearly sadistic exercise in reduction.

But if you were put on the spot, what three words would you choose to describe what makes New York so special?

This was the query put to a handful of New Yorkers by the French film studio Cokau, in a video called "3 words for NYC." With some sharp editing and great music (Serge Gainsbourg's "New York USA," bien sûr), Cokau shows us what New Yorkers think of their city.

3 words for NYC from Cokau on Vimeo.

HT: Laughing Squid.

About the Author

  • Henry Grabar is a freelance writer and a former fellow at CityLab. He lives in New York.