Along about nineteen hundred William Dean Howells asked, somewhat fatuously: “Why should any one love New York?” Whereupon hundreds of eager correspondents rushed into print to express, with and without reason, their love for New York—for its associations, for its pleasures, its excitements, and, in rare cases, for the beauty of its streets, the shops, the theatres, the hurrying crowds of men, women and children. One writer even went so far as to declare that to him Washington Square was almost beautiful. He could not quite bring himself to the point of asserting that it would still appear so, should he chance upon it in a foreign city. “After all,” he said, “there is nothing remarkable about it—or, at least, there was nothing remarkable about it until after they built the Arch and the Judson Memorial Church.”
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