Street lights, big dreams all looking pretty
No place in the world that can compare
Put your lighters in the air, everybody say: "yeah!"

from Jay Z (Ft. Alicia Keys) – Empire State of Mind Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

New York City is known as the land of opportunity.
Just looking at the city, you can feel that there is promise and that it’s a place where dreams come true.

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