Hm. I tried to answer with the British accent I was taught in (Dutch) school. How come that turned out NY?
Heh. I got the same result. Of course, I don't think I've ever actually said "pasta" in English. But my British accent was up to snuff for my English pronunciation credits at uni, so...
But seriously, it's not geared towards non-native speakers who patterned themselves after a British accent. And it's not as if there is just one accent for native New Yorkers. But the New England accents are generally thought to be more English than the rest. And this is just vowel sounds IIRC, and only in vague, layman's terms. I found an archive for you: web.ku.edu/~idea/index.htm
Love that archive!
For native New Yorkers Archie Bunker plays in my head. White Native New Yorkers, that is.
And for Boston I have Faith, and old movies.
I watched CArrie with my daughter the other day, and apart from being appalled at the lack of pace and terror, we noticed the completely different Am. English being spoken at that time. Only 30 or 40 years ago!
I'm glad you like it too. I know that there are other archives around, for instance:
And I came across a recording of Virginia Woolf a few weeks ago: dialectblog.com/2011/03/12/stage-accents-r
Mmm, old movies. And yes, things change.