NyLon (concept)

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A "telectroscope" was installed in 2008 to visually link London's Tower Bridge with New York's Brooklyn Bridge.

NyLon is the concept of New York and London as twin cities — the financial and cultural capitals of the Anglo-American world.[1] There is a community of high-earning professionals who commute between these cities on the busy transatlantic air route.[2] To satisfy the tastes of this common community, businesses such as Time Out and Conran establish branches in both cities.[3] The magazine Nylon explicitly covers this scene with articles about the two cities.

The dominance of these twin cities was acknowledged by Christine Lagarde who, as French finance minister, wanted Paris to become a similar international financial centre. Other cities which are becoming city-states in the same class include Dubai and Shanghai.[4] But since the financial crisis and following recession, there has been a decline in travel between the two cities.[5] In 2008, news magazine Time coined a neologism "Nylonkong" which supposedly links the cities of New York City, London, and Hong Kong as the eperopolis of the Americas, Euro-Africa, and Asia-Pacific.[6]

The global city network is made up of numerous pairings or city dyads. When the service flows between these dyads were ranked in 2015, NYLON was first. The top 10 were[7]

  1. London – New York
  2. London – Hong Kong
  3. New York – Hong Kong
  4. London – Paris
  5. London – Singapore
  6. New York – Paris
  7. New York – Singapore
  8. London – Tokyo
  9. London – Shanghai
  10. New York – Tokyo

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Michael Pettis (23 May 2009), Bigger Than Ever - Why the crisis will only help NyLon., Newsweek
  2. ^ Stryker Mcguire (13 November 2000), The NY-Lon Life, Newsweek
  3. ^ "High rollers - Marketing dreams from New York to London", The Economist, 14 June 2001
  4. ^ John Gapper (24 October 2007), "NyLon, a risky tale of twin city states", Financial Times
  5. ^ Dan Roberts (6 February 2009), "Why 'NYLon' is out of fashion", The Guardian
  6. ^ A Tale Of Three Cities, Time, 17-1-2008
  7. ^ Peter Taylor (2015), "Global City Network", The City Reader, Routledge, p. 97, ISBN 9781317606277