I was born in NYC, but I've never lived there. I do consider it the greatest city in the world, but I am biased after all, so don't take my word for it. I have an aunt who lives there, so I've been to the city more times than I can count.
I have been to a handful of other cities; Tokyo, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, and Windsor. But none capture the imagination quite like New York. Tokyo comes close, but it's basically New York except everything is in Japanese. So New York wins.
I graduated from UM with a BA in Asian Languages and Cultures. What I've found that to mean is that I know more than the average bear but can't answer your specific cultural question about the Far East. Go figure.
I'm currently learning French. I decided to pick it up on a whim and have been listening to the Coffee Break French podcast. If you'd like to practice, I'm game.
I like motorcycles and I've been up to 135mph on one. Reckless? Without question. Stupid? Of course. The feeling? Indescribable.