Jay Z and Alecia's Key's song expresses a very common idea people share when asked about New York, in their song, a verse states, "There's nothin' you can't do Now you're in New York These streets will make you feel brand new The lights will inspire you" This song was chosen because it is ironic when talking abut the character Holden Caulfield. Often, many people thing of New York as a place of opportunity and of accomplishment, Caulfield has a different view of it. Holden explains New York by saying, "Boy, do I hate it," I said. "But it isn't just that. It's everything. I hate living in New York and all. Taxicabs, and Madison avenue buses, with the drivers and all always yelling at you to get out at the rear door, and being introduced to phony guys that call the Lunts angels, and going up and down in elevators when you just want to go outside, and guys fitting your pants all the time at Brooks, and people always–" Clearly, Holden has a completely different view of New York City than others. Maybe it can be his current state of mind at the point in the story, or it could be because these comparisons took place during time periods, or Caulfield simply does not see the glam everyone else does in New York.