The Boston Globe magazine looks at the origins of the age-old rivalry between Boston and New York City, including its latest battleground, Applied Sciences NYC:
Consider this current example. We Bostonians take pride in our identity as College Town, USA, the egghead capital of the nation, anchored by Harvard and MIT and fortified with a host of other competitive universities that would dominate their regions if they were located anywhere but here. On that score, New York has nothing on us, right? Actually, that’s wrong. When I ask Mayor Michael Bloomberg to reflect on this Boston-area advantage, the data-driven Medford native returns a hard volley through his aide:
And here’s the sobering part of Bloomberg’s huffy dismissal: He’s right. While Boston can claim the highest percentage of college students in the country, when you look at the raw numbers, it isn’t even close. New York has 664,114 college students, according to a 2010 Census study, well more than Boston has people.