"New York values" might be unpopular with some politicians, but New York City is honestly way too big to be defined by one set of values. In fact, it's worth mentioning to all those heartlanders complaining about the influence of New York that it's the largest city in the country by population by far! In fact, if its most populous borough—Brooklyn (not Manhattan)—was split off as its own city, that borough would be the fourth largest city in the country. An Imgur user mapped out what other cities you could comfortably stuff inside the City That Never Sleeps, and it's pretty mind-boggling just how huge NYC is, even if you already pronounce "huge" as "yuge."
In case you're not familiar, New York City is comprised of five large chunks of land called boroughs (another word for "county"): Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. In the maps below, the Bronx is in red, Manhattan is in blue, Queens is in orange, Brooklyn is in yellow, and Staten Island is in purple.
Los Angeles, the second biggest city in the country, has the same population as two NYC boroughs—Manhattan and Queens—combined. Chicago, the third biggest city, has roughly the same population as Brooklyn, and Philadelphia—the fifth biggest city in the country—is the size of the Bronx.
Here's another version with large American cities without having to combine anything to account for Los Angeles.
In fact, some large cities are small enough that you have to combine them with other cities just to attain the population of a single NYC borough.
Although London is a similar size, the other great cities of Europe are but the building blocks of the Big Apple.
The states of Iowa and New Hampshire have a huge say in who gets to become president every four years. Yet even combined, they'd only add up to half of this much-maligned metropolis.
If New York City gets too big a head from this, though, remind them that the popular vote still doesn't mean sh*t in this country. Also, there are a bunch of bigger cities in Asia and Africa and Mexico and Brazil. They're not literally the capital of Earth, however. (Seriously, the United Nations is on the Upper East Side and every nation on Earth has a separate mission in NYC in addition to Washington.)