@emmadee Yes, I absolutely think so. I owe much of my career to that program -- not to mention I wouldn't have met Jillian, whom I love dearly, otherwise.
(Also, did I mention, I love New York? I do.)
@OllyOlly and @sherlock: delighted (but also sorry, for all of us) that you related! @therealjaygatsby, great question -- and fodder for a whole other discussion -- but the short answer is that being able to meet editors and fellow writers in person (which is a whole lot easier in a place like New York) is an extraordinary boon to a freelancer, especially in the beginning phase of a career: you just get more work that way. But yes, technically, you're right: the writing itself can happen anywhere.
@Anna Jayne@twitter That is amazing.