We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Perhaps the author has not read about what Manhattan was like in the David Dinkins era. You can keep that kind of gritty if you want it with the muggings and the morning dead in the parks from gunshot and ODs. What is most obnoxious about the false-sentimentality of it is that the author seems to see Manhattan as NYC.
The author needs to get off the magic island and hike around like the Forgotten New York guy does. There are a lot of neighborhoods in New York, most not Dinkins-era gritty anymore but many fairly rugged and ungentrified. Regular people live there. Millions of them.
I thought this piece in TNR was preposterous: Who Killed New York City?
My cousin has lived in the Lower East Side for decades. In the 80's, her street was a drug dealer bazaar. Today, in addition to the old shops, there are a few bars for better-off youngsters. No more open air drug bazaar. Seems an improvement to me.
Give DeBlasio a couple of terms. He'll make it worse.
On my first day of work in NYC, I used the men's room in Grand Central terminal. It was basically a shooting gallery but nobody bothered me because I'm pretty big. As I got to the top of the stairs leaving the rest room a guy said to me, "You went in there? I wouldn't go in there myself!" The guy was a NYC uniformed policeman!