It's a misconception to think that New Yorkers enjoy crowds.
I myself can put up with crowds that are moving fast enough. When a crowd moves along briskly, avoiding collisions at street corners, there's a choreography to it. Give me a parade, and I go a bit insane.
Home is a refuge for every New Yorker. For the fortunate, there's a second home outside the city, in Long Island, upstate New York, the New Jersey shore or Connecticut. People set up time shares, to escape the heat at least a few weekends of the summer.
Many New York apartments aren't large enough to be anything more than a private refuge. As a result, we often entertain outside the home. The bar or restaurant becomes an extension of our living rooms, where we can spend time relaxing, catching up, away from the crowds.
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