I will admit that this is something New Yorkers can be proud of:

As stores and restaurants shuttered across the region in anticipation of Hurricane Irene, some of the city's most reliable institutions—pizza parlors and delis—opened on Sunday. Many even stayed open all night....

"I came in because I had to be responsible," said cashier Angie Rodriguez, 34, who lives across the street. Still, she said, until they entered the store around 8 a.m., "we were a little nervous because it was so much wind and raining a lot."

New York, New York, big city of dreams.