To speak in Barthian terms, New York is the wholly-other city. To compare it to other mere municipalities can not be done - they are on completely different planes. Even to say that New York is the greatest city in the world necessitates sizing it up against places that are obviously not in its category. This is your guide to worthy neighborhoods in the five boroughs, and none of that pithy tourist eye-candy. This is the REAL New York, the grimy, working-man's one that might make you ill if you shop at the Gap. Do you dare venture forward?