Is Brooklyn the new Manhattan?—by tobiashm via Flickr
Many say that the New York of the past is nothing more than a fond memory, but I believe that these things run in cycles. If Brooklyn is the new Manhattan, could the Bronx be the new Brooklyn? What’s more, where does that leave Manhattan?
SoHo has too many tourists –– it feels like a shopping mall –– or, it is a shopping mall. Once home to squatters, the East Village now has apartments listed in the millions. (Yes, you can spend a million-plus dollars for an apartment in Alphabet City.)
Walking through Times Square resembles Disneyland. Where is the grit, the filth, and the muck? For years, Broadway was the street where you held your child’s hand and even your girlfriend’s, for that matter. And 42nd Street was probably the peep show capital of the world, or at least the hub in this country. Now, the Great White Way is whiter and cleaner than ever remembered.
Has New York really lost its edge?
|The Chelsea Hotel on West 23rd Street--by Flippage via Flickr|
I wasn’t a New Yorker in 1982. But I do have vivid memories of my many visits, and some like they were just yesterday. I didn’t walk through the East Village at that time, I probably wouldn’t have wanted to. But I disagree with many of the comments I read or hear about the future of this city. It is way too expensive, but it always has been. What is relative for the time? A co-op in the 1980s went for $200K…so $750K two-plus decades later seems somewhat fair, or is it? The rich, famous and glamorous have always flocked to Manhattan. That hasn’t changed. The artists and creative-types have as well, and some still do.
I believe that New York has something for everyone, no matter where they come from, what they do, or what they want to be. It is the diverse population existing within just one block, that, in my opinion, gives this city a so-called “edge.”