Our beloved city scored a 90.4 in the annual reader poll, which was based on six criteria: sights, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people, shopping, and value, edging out the Istanbul's 89.96.

Rounding out the top 10, in order, were Florence, Italy; Cape Town, South Africa; Kyoto, Japan; Rome, Italy; Charleston, South Carolina; Barcelona, Spain; Paris, France; and our neighbor to the north: Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra will travel to New York on July 18 to accept the award.