We believe that all those who consider themselves New Yorkers and continue to do so, can all be a part of making a difference in New York City. If you would like to join the “Save NYC Together” mission, all that is required is that you be mindful of being a part of the “solution” and not the “problem.”
3 of Nearly 60 Blogs
Sadly, it is easy to become a part of the problem, by pointing out what is wrong with our beloved NYC without also providing suggestions or taking action steps to bring NYC t back to life. We are in synch with 3 of the nearly 60 blogs of the Blog Coalition. These sites include “USA Make a Difference”, “Over 50 USA” and “Home Business Achievers.”
It is our hope is that with publications like the 3 mentioned, New Yorkers can continue to grow their internal commitment and belief that NYC can rebound in a whole new way. Some say that “you are what you think” and we believe this to be true due to the fact that studies have shown that just having a positive outlook about something can make all the difference.
Yes, of course we can save New York City. But it is not going to be the original New York that we all knew and loved. Broadway Theater will be different, the Arts Scene will change, as well as will the personal definition of being a New Yorker. For those of us who do not have the money to be able to have a second home somewhere else, we are in the unique position of facing straight up how we will group together, grit our teeth, and together bring this city back to life.
Having recently been recently in Time Square, near where my wife and I lived on 42nd Street, things have indeed changed. One can look at the recent dropping of the ball ceremony for ushering in the New Year and see how things have shifted there. We live further uptown now but have great nostalgia for how we used to have to fight our way through the numerous tourists who slowed down the walking traffic. They would literally stop and look up. If only Manhattan, NY had the draw it once had. The 5 star hotels are empty, some lybraries are closing down, and all 5 boroughs are being impacted.
Another big change is in schools. Many of the public schools are still offering remote learning as a choice even though some institutions are now providing in-person education. Thank goodness for charter schools which are open to New York kids. Although on certain television programs they are talking about the harm that distance learning has on young people, the fact is that our 12 year old daughter is thriving in terms of her experience of being a part of a remote charter school community.
There is also COVID-19 and its new incarnations which are driving people indoors. As a family, we have not ventured out together more than a few times in the last 10 months. We documented our first 100 days in an online diary/blog. In many ways the Coronavirus is more deadly than it was back then. Though, vaccines are being developed and are available at the time of this writing, to seniors and front line workers.
So this is a message to those of us who are still living in the city. Let’s not forget what our beautiful city used to be, but also accept that the new NYC will be very different than the old one. The experiences we have been going through due to COVID and other triggers, are destined to have a long term difference even after the Pandemic ends. Communicate with your neighbors both online and off. Stay safe as we Save NYC Together!
Where are the doves? The city is afraid. Its children are crying. There is the fear of traveling from one part of the city to the other because those who feel they have not been treated well, pull out their guns as happened outside of our apartment with two dead.
What was once a simple subway destination to meet a doctor now has to be done carefully since we are a target now. There is so much anger and so much violence. The gangs are feeling the pain and are at each other’s throats more than they ever have been.
A Child Present Makes it No More Different
But all I want to do is to meet a physician. The irony is that in the process of getting there could mean more bodily harm than the condition I am in and the reason for the visit. So what is one to do? The goal is to save nyc together. I gulp. I know I must do this. And I look at my options. The place is in midtown near where we use to live. I could take the 1 or A train, with the 1 train can be closer to my destination, but that is a an unsafe train because it is filled with angry people who do not even care if a child is present.
Something is Brewing Just Below the Surface
I experienced that with my daughter when riding the 1 before. He came up to me, got into my face saying I was a Christian and didn’t worship the right god. At the next stop I got off of the train with my daughter and moved to another car. Thankfully he didn’t follow us but it was close. The A train has become more dangerous and going to midtown via the close Metro North has a station that has many pissed off people ready to take a sacrificial lamb, There’s always the fast bus as opposed to the short one. So much pain, so much anger, we have a long time until peace come to the city we love. A civil war is brewing