There’s a lot of history and interesting things to see there, but unfortunately someone elected to place all that stuff in a turd-world totalitarian shit-hole. They’ll have to do without my money. I’m sure they’ll be fine. If not, [shrug].
True... fortunately my husband and I have experienced a lot of the good side of NYC for the past several decades - we live only about 130 miles away in northern CT.
We used to go to NYC at the drop of a hat - it's about a 2.5 - 3 hour drive, depending on the traffic. Sometimes we'd take the Metro North train.
With the increased prices for gas, train fare, restaurants, *insane* hotel and Broadway play prices, parking/traffic "violation" tickets, parking garage prices, etc., we just don't go anymore. Maybe once a year now at Christmastime...