I have a handful of slides from a trip my parents took to New York in the mid 1950's. This is one. I suspect the colors have shifted over the decades, but to some extent this captures the essence of New York in the industrial heyday of the post war era. Smoky, golden, vast. Slightly before my time.
I was in my 50's before I went to New York for the first time. I had to be there to understand the essence and attraction of the place.
Have you been there?