As a New York native, Stewart has reason to feel that Boston is a rival, not a friend. Despite that, he said (video embedded):
Welcome to the show, once again, having to start under just horrific events. Here in this country, I really hate the fact that I can cross-reference my thoughts to so many other events that have occurred over the years of a similar ilk. So I'm not going to. I'm just going to say this to Boston.As Stewart finished his remarks, scenic flyover footage of Boston played on-camera; the audience applauded.
Thank you. Thank you for once again in the face of gross inhumanity, inspiring and solidifying my belief in humanity and the people of this country. So thank you, for everything that you've done. [...]
New Yorkers and Boston obviously have a kind of a competition. Oftentimes the two cities are accusing each other of various levels of suckitude. But it is in situations like this that we realize that it is clearly a sibling rivalry, and that we are your brothers and sisters in this type of event. As a city that knows the feeling of confusion, anger, and grief, and chaos that comes with these events, I can tell you from personal experience, you’ve got a hell of a city going there. And you’ve done an incredible job in the face of all of this.