Delegating Denver #36 of 56: New York

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Most New Yorker Denver Neighborhood: East Colfax

Most New Yorker Bar: Peaks Lounge in the Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center 650 15th Street All the scenery of upstate and the sophistication of the city, in a bar with a mountain view that’s more intoxicating than the liquor.

Most New Yorker Restaurant: Deli Tech 8101 East Belleview Avenue Delegates will have to hop on the G train, get off at the Belleview station, walk two blocks south on Quebec Street and three blocks easton Belleview Avenue to satisfy those Carnegie-worthy cravings for pastrami, rugelach and a "poppy widda shmear."

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Best Day Trip: Cherry Creek Mall

For New York delegates, the state of Colorado will only seem like a lot of dirt piles and thin, dry air. And in truth, all the scenic wonders of the Rocky Mountains combined aren't as spectacular as Niagara Falls (which can be enjoyed both before and after with a plate of America's best hot wings at the Anchor Bar in the nearby city of Buffalo). The city of Denver, on the other hand, will not disappoint. The favorable impression starts at the airport. After arrival at the spectacularly spacious Denver International Airport, it will be impossible for a New Yorker to ever refer to La Guardia or J.F.K. as anything other than "a freakin' nightmare." Downtown Denver will seem remarkably quaint and insufferably clean. The homeless are absolutely unnecessary here but choose their vocation to provide cosmopolitan photo-ops for high-school art students and European visitors. The new Hamilton wing of the Denver Art Museum will make even the most uncultured upstater "dizzy" with delight. Hang on tothat handrail in Daniel Libeskind's vestibule of vertigo! Savvy downstaters might think that it's all a cover up for some glaring civic inadequacy, but in truth, it only gets better. Denver is home to what is arguably America's best mall. Just get in a cab at the front door of the Adam's Mark Hotel and say, "Take me to Cherry Creek!" The lavishly appointed shopping center is in the heart of Denver. It’s anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Macy's and Nordstromand features a total of 160 renowned shops that range from Urban Outfitters to Burberry and Tiffany & Co. The surrounding neighborhood is packed with upscale shops (don't miss Filson Denver) and food that only seems to taste better in the thin dry air. Gulp it down, New Yorkers: You'll need your strength for that trip back through LaGuardia. -- Kenny Be

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