New York is similar to the classic Guerlain scents Mitsouko and Jicky, but a bit more spicy and angular. It also reminds me a bit of Chanel PM Concentree, though I didn't really like Concentree and love New York.
I think New York is one of the most versatile scents I know. It work in any season save the hottest days of summer, and it can be worn formally or casually. To paraphrase Luca Turin from one of his less eloquent moments, it belongs to the class of men's scents that "just smell good."