Oh New York. Again, I love this city. Yet, each day lately I shake my head in wonder. Hate crimes against Asians. Feces throwing on the subway. Following people into apartment buildings. People standing braced against the walls on subway platforms. I’m old enough to remember feeling safe on the streets of New York five years ago. I used to proudly tell everyone and anyone who would listen that New York was the safest big city in the United States.
Now, I get alerts on my phone through the Citizen app that there is a person in the neighborhood armed with a frying pan. The thing about New York is that you see people all the time carryimg odd things from sofas to christmas trees to television sets. We are a walking culture and just carry many things around. Less so the past decade with the rise of Uber and Lyft. Regardless, carrying a frying pan is not an abnormal event to see. Yet now, it’s been weaponized.
I still love this city. Always will. I do hope that the city gets its act together so that frying pans are just for cooking.