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June 17, 2021

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NoOriginalArt

And I thought it was just me getting old and even more cranky than I was as a youth. Actually, I was walking through the park with my son, who was visiting from the Pacific Northwest last week. (He's 30 now and just bought a car, which makes me feel like I survived the Jurassic period, or something like it. We also hadn't seen each other in person since Christmas of 2019, so I had to keep fishing Kleenex out of my bag to dab up my old lady tears.) When I groused about the "goddamn pigs in this city" he snickered and said,"I remember you used to talk about how crazy New York was in the early 80s and how you wouldn't sit down on the subway because the seats were filthy." Which was true: the city and downtown/SoHo in particular looked like the county landfill on Monday mornings. Admittedly a lot of the trash in the Square came from partying classmates from NYU, but the drug dealers, sex workers and mayhem-makers just seemed to rise from out of the ground after the sun went down. Then came Giuliani and his quality of life policing, and the place became almost bougie in its cleanliness and quiet. Now that lockdown restrictions have been lifted, it's like the ghosts of the late 70s-early 80s have returned from Hades and are wreaking revenge on the city. Or again, I may be just getting old.

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