Around here, we native New Yorkers often
say that it’s only tourists who look up at
But as one year passes into another, it’s
time for all of us to look up — not at the skyline, but
at the bright future ahead.
The year 2021 wasn’t better than most past years,
but it was certainly a marked improvement from
its immediate predecessor. We are reminded of the
dark days of 2020 now with the resurgence of COVID
19 through the fast-spreading omicron variant,
but even today, this point in our history is nowhere
near as grave as the spring of 2020 was — not by a
We have vaccines. We have monoclonal antibodies.
Soon, we’ll have pills that are effective at beating
back COVID-19’s symptoms and making them treatable,
We’re going to get through omicron; this too shall
pass, and once it does, the recovery that began this
year will kick into an even higher gear.
The rumors of New York City’s downward spiral
and death are truly exaggerated. Sure, crime is up.
We’ve been there before; we turned it around before,
and we’ll do it again.
The subways were filling up slowly but steadily
before omicron, and they will do so again as we get
past this bump in the road. Businesses are reinventing
themselves and beginning to boom again. In spite
of inflation, the economy is in far better shape than
it was a year ago, with still plenty of growing to do.
We have a new mayor and a new city government
taking hold. Here’s hoping Eric Adams can do
what Bill de Blasio could not: deliver on promises of
genuine improvement, bolster businesses large and
small, reform police while stopping violent crime,
unite the city, and be a true champion for New York
and all that it stands for.
As the ball dropped at Times Square and the calendar
flipped to 2022, we can feel some pride in the
recovery that’s taken shape this past year; joy that
we have the tools to stop COVID-19; and hope that the
future will indeed be brighter, and that 2022 will be
an even more productive, prosperous and healthy
year for New York and beyond.
May all of you look up toward a very happy, safe
and joyous New Year for all!
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