Hopefully Record Number of Tourists Left New York Before It Became Garbage Town, USA

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Good news: Our streets may remain covered in garbage for another few days still, but at least last year was an all-time record for the city's tourism industry, Mayor Bloomberg announced today! 48.7 million tourists visited New York in 2010, up 7 percent from the year before. We hope most of them left before the snowstorm. "New York is a strange land, where people live amongst vast piles of garbage." [City Room/NYT]