I spent a very fun and very cold week in New York earlier this year. What a great city! A lot has changed since I lived there back in 2006, but the unlimited subway/bus pass remains one of the best value transportation deals in the world.
Here's the thing about New York: the people who live there love it. They proudly call themselves New Yorkers. They have an entire magazine dedicated to love of the city. Frank Sinatra and others wrote great songs about it. They passionately believe that it's the best place to live on earth, and that there's something kind of wrong with all of us who don't just "get" that.