That's not what I meant by irony. I meant it's ironic that the city where most posters want to end up and make six figures+ is a city where making six figures plus isn't really a big deal. In addition, this notion that there are very few partners outside of NYC making big bucks is a prominent myth perpetuated on TLS. In many of the large metro areas in the US you can find law firm partners who make large sums of money. There are plenty of them in DC, Chicago, LA, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Miami etc. Living in Chicago or Atlanta as a law firm partner gives you a much, much higher standard of living than doing so in NYC.
I didn't get that notion from TLS. Sure, you can find biglaw partners making big bucks everywhere, but they are far fewer outside of NYC. I know quite a few of non-NYC biglaw partners, and most of them aren't making $1M a year. Moreover, there are far fewer biglaw partners at any salary level outside of NYC. I can't find it offhand, but a month or two ago ATL posted a map of how many biglaw attorneys there were in each city. NYC dominated by a huge margin.
Besides, I'm not making a normative judgement about what city people should live in for overall happiness. I'm just making a factual judgment about where there is the highest likelihood of making that salary.