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The Big Apple prides itself on being a cutting-edge nerve center, and its top-five rankings embrace that hustle-bustle: extensive mass transit, on-the-go street food, and fabulous brand-name and indie boutique shopping. “The West Village is filled with good-looking people in awesome outfits,” says PR director Catherine Littlefield. Tech consultant Michelle Ndebele favors Brooklyn neighborhoods: “I love the jewelry at Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg, while Brooklyn Flea has lots of vintage items and is fun for an afternoon stroll.”

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No. 3 New York City (tie)

The Big Apple prides itself on being a cutting-edge nerve center, and its top-five rankings embrace that hustle-bustle: extensive mass transit, on-the-go street food, and fabulous brand-name and indie boutique shopping. “The West Village is filled with good-looking people in awesome outfits,” says PR director Catherine Littlefield. Tech consultant Michelle Ndebele favors Brooklyn neighborhoods: “I love the jewelry at Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg, while Brooklyn Flea has lots of vintage items and is fun for an afternoon stroll.”

See all the America’s Favorite Cities survey results!

See more Best of 2012 coverage.

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