I miss New York city.
So many of my friends are leaving or have left.
I have read blog posts that New York City is never coming back and they make a lot of sense.
NYC is not going out of business. It will need a turnaround. It will need new leadership, which it will get. The pandemic will end. Restaurants, museums, broadway, nightclubs, etc, etc, etc will re-open.
It won’t be the same NYC that existed pre-pandemic. But that is a good thing. NYC has sucked for the last decade or more.
Many people who can will leave forever. Rents will be lower (maybe a lot lower). Artists will be able to live in NYC again.
We have the opportunity to reimagine what NYC is. We can reimagine transportation, schools, policing, housing, construction. We can create an environmentally sustainable NYC. We can create an affordable NYC. We can create a better NYC.
But the first thing that has to happen is we need all the people who are afraid of all of this change to leave so those who are left can come together and create this better NYC. And thankfully that is happening.