This film follows on from `Paris, Je T'Aime' but stands separate as a film in its own right. (The credits at the end refer to a third film, set in Shanghai, in the `Cities of Love' franchise, but I have no idea if this was ever produced.)
Instead of eighteen short films by eighteen directors set in eighteen separate arrondissements of Paris, this time we have eleven films, eleven directors, and no geographical distinctiveness. Unless you know New York well, it's difficult to know at times where a particular film is supposed to be based. Coney Island and Central Park stand out but most of the others are set deep in the Manhattan jungle. Another change from the Paris film is that many of the short films are more closely interwoven together, so that stories sometimes run in parallel, or are reprised later.
The directors are Jiang Wen, Mira Nair, Shunji Iwai, Yvan Attal, Brett Ratner, Allen Hughes, Shekhar Kapur, Natalie Portman (yes, THAT Natalie Portman, who also appeared in the Paris film), Fatih Akin, Joshua Marston, and Randy Balsmeyer. Stars include Ethan Hawke, Chris Cooper, Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci, Anton Yelchin, Julie Christie, John Hurt, Shia LaBeouf, James Caan, Cloris Leachman amongst others.
The nature of these kinds of films means there is no time for deep characterisation, but some of the actors do a decent job; that's why, after all, they are great actors. It could also be argued that these kinds of films are for those with short attention spans. Perhaps, but there IS an overall cohesion to the play of stories, and that of course is the city itself. `New York, I Love You' is not as good as `Paris Je T'Aime', but it's enjoyable all the same.