Is New York Dead? My Response to an Asinine Quora Post.

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New York is so alive we took the 80’s drug epidemic and spit out Basquiat, Koons, Maplethorpe, Sherman, and Haring. Michael Bloomberg’s second biggest accomplishment was being Mayor. Bernie Williams won four World Series with he Yankees AND was nominated for a Grammy. When Russian oligarchs want to stash their loot they buy an apartment here. An apartment! Want to take your startup public? Try listing on the San Francisco Stock Exchange. Miami would fit inside Staten Island with room to spare.

More than 30% of us were born overseas and more than 800 languages are spoken here. When the polling firm Harris Interactive asks Americans “If you could live in any city in the country except the one you live in now, which city would you choose?” New York City has been #1 for 12  years in a row.  When people say “if you can make it here you can make it anywhere”, they ain’t talking about Paris.

Does this sound dead to you? Does it? Maybe, my friend, the right question is not “what does that mean”, but “who the fuck wants to know?”

 

Original on Quora

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