I den fristående uppföljaren till Smoke så sitter Lou Reed i tobaksaffären i rollen som "Man with Strange Glasses" och filosoferar fritt:
"I actually feel pretty comfortable in New York. I get scared like in Sweden. You know, it's... kind of empty, they're all drunk. Everthing works. You know, if you stop at a stop light and don't turn your engine off, people come over and talk to you about it. You go to the medicine cabinet and open it up and there will be a little poster saying: 'In case of suicide - call...' You turn on the TV, there's an ear operation. These things scare me. New York? No."
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