"Only in New York does pizza reach your house before an ambulance . . . are banks' doors open, while counter-top pens are bolted . . . do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries and diet soda . . . must invalids walk to the back of a drugstore for prescriptions, while unsick folk get cigarettes up front . . . do we screen calls with answering machines but have call waiting, so we don't miss hearing from someone we wouldn't talk to in the first place."