Today, there was an article in the New York Post on Little Italy’s becoming extinct. Of course, this saddens me. The first stop in America for both sides of my family was Mulberry Street. But this brings up a larger issue for me–the gentrification of New York City. I do not like it. The great thing about NYC is that it used to be the place to find everything, but as a friend of mine said, who is a published, well-respected economist from the Greatest Generation, NYC has lost its relevancy. I don’t think it is lost yet, but I do think it is happening. As New York becomes a homogenized city of the young and wealthy from around the country, it will lose its character. NYC is a mecca for many–in acting, theater, music, writing, finance, etc, but it’s also a home to the many people who lived there and whose families have lived there for generations. And it will lose its essence if it becomes generic. Of course, this is happening in a lot of cities in the United States–not just NYC–but NYC is known for having a certain character–and its tourism depends on it. If NYC becomes generic, why would anyone pay the incredible hotel bills to visit?
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