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Weren’t Those the Bad Old Days?
The Poison of New York City Nostalgia

Daily Beast, by Michael Moynihan

Original Article

Posted By:Drive, 1/6/2014 11:33:20 AM

Forget the reduced crime of Bloomberg—de Blasio’s mayoral inauguration was suffused with a longing for uglier, more ‘authentic’ times. And this irrational forgetfulness is everywhere. I flipped on the television on New Year’s Day, bleary-eyed and head throbbing, to discover something dreadful. New York City had become a Dickensian nightmare. Gangs of feral, ragged children tugged at the hems of billionaires, who were too distracted by their glistening new condos to pay any heed. Remember those quaint ethnic communities, once teeming with stickball games and eggplant-shaped old women wielding rolling pins? All bulldozed by developers, eager to satiate the needs of

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 1/6/2014 11:41:26 AM     (No. 9681597)

". . . . . Slipping and sliding toward third worldism"

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Reply 2 - Posted by: zuker5, 1/6/2014 12:22:56 PM     (No. 9681659)

Once was Dickensian, soon to be Dinkinsian. They voted for it.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: coldoc, 1/6/2014 12:53:38 PM     (No. 9681691)

Just another confirmation of my belief that a majority of Americans no longer have the will or knowledge to participate in a representative republic. Why no outcry over obama´s usurpation of the government? Unless it shows up on their I-phones, most of the sheep dont know or care.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 1/6/2014 1:22:47 PM     (No. 9681725)

My first visit to NYC was in the late 1970s. Still remember the graffiti-covered subway cars, piles of trash, all the XXX establishments, and grimy streets. Also remember eating at Momma Leone´s, buying fresh roasted chestnuts (it was Christmastime), and seeing Radio City Music Hall. I´m surprised we were allowed to roam around since we were barely teenagers at the time. It was both good and bad.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: varkdriver, 1/6/2014 2:04:12 PM     (No. 9681780)

#4, I was in and out of Manhattan dozens of times in the mid-late 1970s. Rode the subways everywhere. You rapidly learned some lessons on spotting/avoiding a threat early. There was a lot of graffiti/hookers/X-rated theaters, but again, you could avoid it when you got an early tally.

Nothing more entertaining than walking several dozen blocks in Manhattan; a lot of what we called "unexplained phenomena". Plus plenty of bargains on electronic stuff on Canal/Houston Street, and clothes on 7th Ave stores way downtown.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: craige, 1/6/2014 3:01:47 PM     (No. 9681879)

THESE are the good ol´ days. Being born in 1950, I remember what the 50´s, 60´s, 70´s, 80´s, 90´s and 2000´s were like.

Things are much better now. And that´s saying something, considering our governments (local, state, and fed) are working against us.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 1/6/2014 3:56:06 PM     (No. 9681958)

Anyone who yearns for the old days was able to afford being insulated from the carnage. Talk to someone who rode the subways daily to work, who saw the bums and hookers shooting up on 42nd Street when you were going to see a play, and maybe even knew someone who got killed by a mugger or junky.

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