There are very few places within New York that elicit the response or emotion as does Lincoln Center. It's also weirdly appropriate given recent events in the city. For this post, partially as a response to a few historical nerd DMs and to my slight misanthropic rejection of the modern city, I want to quote Kevin Baker's short but right on the point January 2011 NY Magazine piece on the topic: the greatest New York was in the past. (According to him it was 1978, that's debatable but it does make sense).
Baker may have been influenced by some of the same nostalgia that often captures native and long term adopted New Yorkers, yet there is something about that argument that rings true. When I reference New York, I want to make it clear that I'm referring the city before 1995- before Giuliani and his scare tactics manipulated stats and convinced people he was responsible for the 90s boom (re: he wasn't). Old New York is often remembered as a dangerous place, and make no mistake it was. As my good friend @tragic_sans once reminded me there were many reasons why the 80s were called the "terror era" and 1970s NYC was essentially in a state of quasi anarchy at its worst. But there's something often left out of non artistic circles.
Old New York was a city for all. It was a neighborhood city with courage and grit. Working and middle class, that breed of New Yorker didn't take shit. Communities rebuilt themselves and residents were proud of what they could achieve. It was a city truly open to all, with a sociological freedom that in 2018 comes off as fiction. It's city government, even at it's most defeated, still fought to the bitter end to what it saw as the ideal city. Whenever people was poetic about Old New York it's that city they dearly miss. Not the crime or grime, but the art and the freedom. The cultural expression and the ability for people to work themselves straight to the top. It may hurt to hear for some but today's New York is a shadow of that city in regards to that.
I really enjoyed today’s family #sundayfunday ❤️ ➡️ Brunch at the @nitehawkcinema 🙌 #returntowonder at @faoschwarz ✨and getting into the Christmas mood at the @rockcenternyc 🎄 (see Stories 👆)
Now I’m totally ready for the new week to start. Thank you @frank_ape for the great advice! ☕️😍
Have a nice week! 👊💪🤟
Originally I wasnt going to post this since this pop up is over but my back gains is making progress lol but all jokes aside the Sony camera quality is truly exceptional kudos to @Sony @sonysquarenyc but they have a new pop there
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