It's amusing to read this thread. I've lived in North Jersey my entire life. I worked in the city for 5/6 years, occasionally go in for theater, ballet, restaurants, and less frequently museums. But, I've never been to the Empire State Bldg, the Statue of Liberty, none of the more touristy places. I guess I just figure they'll be there if I really want to go. I mean I've passed them and seen them from outside, but never went into them. If I go to a European city, I need to see everything, but I live so close to NYC, that I don't pay much attention to it. It's become such a pain in the butt to get there and everything is so expensive. We have restaurants in NJ that are just as good (some much better). Little Italy is an experience, but there are better Italian restaurants elsewhere. I hate the city during the summer and at holiday times, it gets so crowded (and I can't stand crowds). I've become jaded (and lazy!).