Texas native Christopher McCarthy said he came to New York
City with the typical tourist's skepticism about New Yorkers. But he warmed
up to the city on a recent visit here. "Everyone has their stereotypes
of being cold and heartless," he said. "I've only felt warm feelings
McCarthy's comments might come as a surprise -- he almost died
after being stabbed in the heart on the subway during a recent trip.
But then again, McCarthy's attitude is an increasingly common one. More tourists
came to New York last year than ever before, and 44 million are expected
to come in 2006, breaking the record again. And if Mayor Michael Bloomberg
has his way, even more out-of-towners will be coming here soon.
Here is a photographic
the city's tourism industry.
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