THE 2002 NEW YORK CITY
January 7th, 2002
The New Year has begun. And it seems that there is universal
that 2001 has departed in the slipstream of history.
That's the feel of the streets here in New York, relief,
an almost giddy
delight that we can write 2002 on checks. Everything has a
feel of the
upbeat about it. The local news for the region is upbeat.
The 1 & 9
subways lines, thought to be closed for years could re-open
end of the year.
The fires seem to be out down at Ground Zero and the smell
better. Rational talk fills the radio about rebuilding the
Center site and the voices demanding the next tallest buildings
world have retreated to a dull hum. The conversation now seems
very practical: what will the world accept at this place that
some of the most valuable real estate in the world and a hallowed
Out in the streets, when a fire engine roars by, people look
admiringly but the furrow of fear on their faces has retreated.
not expecting the other shoe to drop today.
Buffalo is buried in snow; the south is frozen in place.
above zero in New York and there is no snow on the ground
coming but it's not here today.
New York is facing its worst budget crisis since the '70's
but the civic
feel seems to be: if we managed to survive the last three
get through a budget crisis. Don't know how quite yet but
The stock market is up; the national and regional economy
seems to be
recovering. Christmas was not quite as horrible as everyone
the dot com layoffs seem to be slowing, too.
So it is that on a very insular level, in our own city state
are feeling very good, very upbeat, very much in the recovery
New York Times has ceased publishing the section "A Nation
Every family of an attack victim that would agree to an interview
the "Portraits of Grief" section has had their loved
So we are a city that is very much in the moving on mode
as the New Year
dawns. We've cocooned, we've licked our wounds, we'll never
be the same
but we are going on. We are changed, transformed, emotionally
with priorities resorted but we are moving on, taking the
lessons of the
last few months into the new world we want to create.
Our focus on world events is less centered in the concentric
that rippled away from the World Trade Center attack and more
on other events in the world. Our nervous looks over our shoulders
directed to the two contentious nuclear neighbors inhabiting
subcontinent. India? Pakistan? What are you doing with your
saber rattling? How much misery can your countries take?
Our furrowed brows are reserved for issues like India and
our concern seems to now look to feeding the poor of Afghanistan,
now have their old warlords looting the aid we send. Fires
and seem to be growing worse and on my list of things to do
is to phone
my friends who live there to see how they are coping.
Around me, boxes are beginning to pile up as we prepare to
move out of
SoHo. We are joining the migration of people who are moving
the Financial District. It was our plan to do so, long before
11th as it would make Tripp's commute easier. We were delayed
disaster but not deterred.
We've taken an apartment a few blocks from Ground Zero and
feel a bit
like pioneers, joining a migration to help build something.
There is an
interesting feel to the neighborhood, of individuals gathering
as a group to continue, to grow, to rebuild. We feel it will
exciting to watch the changes over the next year.
It will be exciting. That's how we feel right now, as the
We are facing an exciting adventure after the grim reality
of the last
few months. If the nuclear lid will stay on the sub-continent;
can make things positive things happen in Afghanistan for
there, if a lot of things..
But we start this year with the sense that it can all be
done -- and
that's a long psychological way from September 11th.