I happen to like New York

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In Vincent Minnelli's MGM musical, "Meet me in St. Louis," child actress Margaret O'Brien's character proclaims how lucky she was to have been born in her favorite city, that of the movie's title.

I wasn't. I don't think Bensenville, Ill., makes many top 10 lists, unless you count the number of jets taking off from O'Hare that pass over it 24 hours a day. But now I make my home in New York City and I think of this great, bubbling, messy masterpiece as my home town.

On Saturday, my feelings for Little Old New York hit me like an Acme safe landing on Daffy Duck's head. I walked outside and made my way the two or three blocks from my apartment over to Times Square. Thousands of people were gathered there watching dozens of Broadway stars belt out musical numbers from shows currently running on The Great White Way.

Overhead, the Sony Jumbotron -- that huge TV screen mounted high over the square -- gave folks in the back the big picture of what was happening up front. And this was free. Free! It was wonderful. You should have been there.

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