Again, I will outright state that I’m a die-hard New Yorker. I love this city with all its highs and lows. I was excited to return to my beloved city after five years back out in California. When I left New York City it was in a good place. It was the safest big city. We had gone through a lot for it to reach that point. And, it did ostensibly lose a bit of its old grimy character. Admittedly, it got a bit of the Disney treatment. Times Square was a totally different beast than 20 years ago.
When I moved out to California, while I enjoyed my time there, I was excited to return. And, I did. Eagerly. Then I started wondering about the grime and scene I was encountering in the NYC subways. Something felt different. Very much so. There’s definitely a change in the air. From pandemic to anxiety to quarantine to flooding the streets there’s a different feel to it all. And, I believe it will continue to change.