New York may be a city filled to the brim with left-wing, communist, Jewish, homosexual pornographers, but despite all that, and the bedbugs, the bike lane wars and the police quotas, the majority of New Yorkers are very satisfied with the city, according to a new Marist poll. Eighty four percent of NYers answered favorably that they liked to live in the city, and their neighborhood in particular, while only four percent said they were completely unsatisfied. Among the revelations of the survey: Brooklyn is the most active borough, Manhattan is the most preservation oriented, Manhattanites are more inclined to support small business in their neighborhood, and Manhattanites and Queens residents are more inclined to buy things made in NYC.
We are obviously somewhat biased in agreeing with the vibe of the survey, but there are plenty of people still griping about this or that. Last week, Christopher Solomon wrote an articulately wistful goodbye letter to NY in the Times after two years of trying (and failing) to make it in the city. He gives a litany of things he won't miss ("your fierce morning halitosis exhaled from your subway grates along Third Avenue") before getting sentimental about what he will miss ("standing listlessly with the homosexuals in their tube tops outside dark-windowed clubs as they waited for rescue from their boredom"). Times commenter Kevin summed up our feelings: "Quitter. Should have read E.B. White before deciding to pack it in." For all of us still here, enjoy this tribute to the 59th street bridge.