'Lo all, I am wondering what are some good physics graduate schools that are in very urban areas. And by urban, I mean has a population density high enough for a frequently used rail system (ie, New York, Chicago, London), and preferably > 500,000 people. Only exception is LA and San Diego. I want to get away from Southern California. I want schools that are famous and hard to get into, but also I want solid schools that offer good graduate programs but are more possible for humans to get into. I am interested in condensed matter physics, both experimental and theoretical. Thanks in advance.