The New York Fortune Cookie

There is fun little game a lot of folks play with Fortune Cookies. You add an “in bed” after them and they take on an entirely new and often hilarious meaning. For example “You have hidden talents. Use them” turns into “You have hidden talents. Use them in bed”. See, that’s funny 🙂

Well for me, living in New York City has a more serious addition that often gets added when discussing it. It’s “with money”. And sadly it’s not funny at all, but it is true. Here’s an example. “Living in New York City is great”. But really it should be “Living in New York City is great with money”. Because without “money” New York City is a hard place to live and you are severely limited in what you can do. Everything here is 4, 5, or 6x what you find elsewhere. And the price of real estate, well it’s skyrocketed past expensive and moved into the absurd stratosphere. Add in over gentrification to a ridiculous level and merchants and landlords having to make back that insane rent and you start to see a pattern where eventually NYC will implode.

The problem is compounded by folks who DO have a lot of money. They don’t care. Or at the very least they don’t realize that not everyone can live this way. It pushes people out and then you end up with this bland, homogenized swath of people with means who have little taste and even less empathy. So prices just continue to rise.

You can own a car here. With money.
You can eat at some of the greatest restaurants in the world. With money.
You can see the greatests shows on earth. With money.
You can hear amazing performances. With money.
You can buy the best clothes around. With money.

You get the point. Don’t get me wrong. I love New York City. It’s the most incredible place on earth. I took another long walk last night through a lot of her and she amazes and delights me (and thank God walking is free! ha ha). But, she’s an expensive lover who demands a lot of your money if you actually want to do or buy anything. Some days that’s hard to take. It’s hard to see stuff right in front of your face. Or others buying and doing the things you want to do, but you can’t afford them.

Living in New York City is great. With money.

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