Just got back from NYC...it's my third trip up there and I have to say that if someone said "Barnes, give up all your board games and vow never to touch another again for the rest of your life and we'll give you this 300 square foot apartment in St. Marks" I'd totally take them up on the offer.
I love NYC. I love it like I never realized a person could love a city. I totally get why people have so much pride in NYC and why people give such a damn about it. It really is an amazing place- you can totally see how it's inspired so many great artists, writers, and musicians to accomplish amazing things...if you're creatively minded at all, all you want to do is to make something when you're there.
It was my birthday saturday, and I can't think of a better one than wandering around NYC with my wife, eating at Sassy Sliders (vegetarian sliders!) for lunch and Mamoun's for dinner (best falafel ever). And we got to see the original lineup of Killing Joke perform their first two albums in their entirety with "Love Like Blood" and "Eighties" thrown in for good measure.
So much awesomeness...the Chrysler building, MOMA, Little Italy, the subway system, Central Park, great food and culture literally everywhere...we've been all over the city and we still discovered tons of stuff we never saw before. I've been home less than 24 hours and I miss the city like _it_ was home.
No, I didn't go the Compleat Strategist or that other Manhattan game shop. I didn't think about board gaming a single time while we were there and the fact that I didn't lay eyes on a single board game of pretty much any description on a retail shelf while we were there didn't even register with me until I got home and saw on my shelf more games than would feasibly fit into a NYC flat.
With all there is to do, see, experience, and create there I can't imagine anyone living in the city being into board games at all. I know they're out there, but if I were born and raised in NYC I probably never would have touched a board game beyond the basics. It kind of strikes me that it's very much a suburban hobby- who would have time to really get into the hobby if you lived somewhere like that?
I guess it's different when you live there though, day-to-day life changes things. But still, I think I could find 1,000 more things to do on any given day there that would come before playing games.