Oooh... interesting thread! I haven't seen it yet - we don't have it over here but *ahem* I'm sure I'll figure out a way to see it. I actually AM interested because a couple of friends of mine are enjoying it, and they're normally pretty tough to please with tv stuff.
The whitewashed NY would probably annoy me too; as one half (the white half!) of an interracial couple I'm a bit sensitive on those issues. But I'll see what I think when I get around to watching.