This town’s in tatters

honesaalesssTake a stroll around Manhattan on any given day and you’ll be startled by what you see: the greatest city in the world is falling apart. To wit:

– Tens of thousands of homeless people are either begging or sleeping on street corners in every neighborhood, not just the lesser affluent ones.

– In just the past five years, there’s been a whopping 52 percent increase in the number of people who stay in homeless centers.

– New homeless centers are being opened smack dab in the midst of established middle-class neighborhoods, causing residents to freak out and bolt.

– At the same time, median apartment rents have increased 75 percent since 2000 while median real incomes have dropped during that same period. That ugly scenario has created a perfect storm that’s literally left New Yorkers holding the bag, forced to pay staggering fees or leave.

– The number of murders in New York City has increased by 20 percent since the beginning of the year.

– The city’s police force and Mayor de Blasio like each other about as much as do Donald Trump and the country of Mexico. Mutual contempt might be the best phrase to describe their totally dysfunctional relationship.

And, last but not least, there’s the non-stop construction, aircraft-carrier sized trucks and endless pedestrian walkways that combine to bring traffic to a complete standstill on most weekdays.

It’s a pretty horrific scene that, sadly, seems to get worse with each passing day.

NYC will continue to deteriorate until its current image and reputation finally catches up with it, and negatively impacts city coffers.

We’ll have to wait until large companies decide to relocate, business conferences choose to hold their conventions in nicer, safer venues and the middle class, the back bone of any city, takes flight to the burbs. Then, and only then, will we begin to see improvements.

Manhattan’s sordid state reminds me of Mick Jagger’s long-ago ode to Abe Beam’s decaying New York City. Shattered is the perfect word to describe what’s happening today.

4 thoughts on “This town’s in tatters

  1. We did not leave NYC because of these things, but we notice them a lot more now when we do come into the City. It’s amazing what you can overlook while you convince yourself that you live in the greatest city in the world…until you don’t.

  2. Couldn’t agree more. And the city’s inability to deal with natural disasters also grinds my gears!

  3. I’ve been lamenting the demise of my town for quite some time now. It’s a host of problems as you aptly described. Pricing out middle and working class from Brooklyn and Queens in favor of luxury apartments no one I know can afford. Crime going up to levels we haven’t seen since the 80’s. I remember living through the crack epidemic, how unsafe the subways were. I don’t want to go back to that. A couple of things need to happen – provide for more affordable housing, bring better paying jobs here, and invest more in the NYPD.