It's def because it's digital. Digital lengths are exaggerated. A friend of mine has a 18-135mm. At 18mm, it is the equivalent of a 28mm film. It has nothing to do with the body, it's all to do with the lenses.
This reminds me very much of photos I've seen of NYC from 100+ years ago. Not just because it's black and white or because it's film, but just that the buildings are much the same. The streets are cleaner and less filled with pushcarts and horse dung, but overall, rather similar.
To be honest, I am a little surprised at the attention this photo has gotten. I mean, the spot is nothing short of fantastic, but I didn't expect the adoration it's gotten. It's my most +faved & viewed NYC image.. Go Figure...
But I am planning to make another trip back just to capture something like this again.
If you go to City Room ([link]) and scroll down, in the right margin is a box that says "Welcome to City Room" with contact information. I assume that would be a way to submit.
My family is from NYC and I was always taken on pilgrimages their as a kid. I spent the summer of '96 there working as an intern at a big magazine with offices on 52nd St. I enjoyed NYC way more than the actual internship