New York feels like a real town. It makes other cities in America feel "rural" in comparison. Never in New York, except for a view parts of the Bronx, will you find a major US highway with traffic lights every mile apart and major chain stores taking up blocks of the area. New York, with its mostly street and avenue system, makes Orlando, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Los Angeles have a more rural character in comparison. The only highways in New York are freeways and highways. Never anything else. That's what I love about it.