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New York vs. Chicago: Fans share in futility but little else

New York Mets fans have the signs out

New York Mets fans have the signs out during Game 2 of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

New York and Chicago are, to put it mildly, a bit like oil and water. When New Yorkers boast they have the better skyline, Chicagoans point to the Willis Tower. New York is a thin-crust town, Chicago is all about deep-dish. One's got Coney Island, but the other has Navy Pier.

Maybe the only thing they have in common is die-hard baseball fans. Mets fans are no strangers to futility, of course, but nothing compares with suffering endured by Cubs fans -- 107 years since the team last won a World Series.

The cities share a passion for sports and pride in these teams, now more than ever as the Mets and Cubs face off in the National League Championship Series.

Fans naturally had a lot to say about how the two cities compare, and why each respective hometown deserves to win more.

"What I think makes Chicago better than New York is our skyline," said lifelong Chicagoan Hope Larkin, 48, who has visited New York. "We have a beautiful skyline and it's linear and it's by a lake and it's great."

Larkin said Chicago wants a victory more.

"The Cubs really want to get a win for the fans; for the people of Chicago who have been following the team all their lives," the office manager said. "We're known as the Second City and New York is, well, New York. But, if we end up winning, then we'll be the first city in this race."

Each teams' fans often mentioned that "Second City" rivalry. Although unable to easily dismiss the Cubs, who won 97 games in the regular season, New Yorkers such as lifelong Mets fan Chris Meehan were pretty confident of his city's superiority in most other areas.

"I'm going to try to sum it up in three words: No. 1 is pizza, No. 2 is culture, and No. 3 is our women are better-looking," said Meehan, 33, an Upper East Side resident.

Emily Wolodiger, 26, a doctoral student and Mets fan from the Upper East Side, who also lived in Chicago for six years, gave an edge to the Big Apple. "Chicago is a really good city, but New York has a lot of really good qualities," she said. "There's unlimited opportunities. And the pizza's better here. And the bagels, Chicago doesn't have bagels."


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