You know what is super-satisfying about being in New York? Everyone is the BEST at what they do. I love it. I love that the coffee making peeps at Starbucks are excellent - they know their shit and they get it done quickly and with a smile. The waiters everywhere actually KNOW the menu, can recommend side dishes and are proud of the food they serve. The shop attendants bring you items to try on, suggest better sizes and help you style a complete outfit. They don't just schlump in a corner texting and chewing gum. There is a relentless can-do attitude and a willingness to go the extra mile. I'll tell you something, these people deserve their tips. They work for them.
I feel like at some point (we can all probably guess when), there was a city-wide attitude adjustment - a great big re-think and re-prioritizing. There is collective 'don't sweat the small stuff' mindset here. There is no time to mess around and be shoddy. People are efficient, friendly and highly functional. The days of the neurotic, anxiety-ridden Seinfeld of the 90s are over.
This is a city that you graduate TO - when you're the best at what you do. That whole cream of the crop, top of the heap thing - it's true. New York doesn't do mediocre.