12 AUGUST 20, 2020 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM
No one wins a bet against New York City
For 400 years, New York has been
hit by one major crisis aft er another,
Here’s what we’ve gone through in
just the last two decades:
• A massive, coordinated terrorist
attack on Sept. 11, 2001, that killed
3,000 people and caused our two tallest
buildings to collapse.
• A devastating economic crisis in
2008 that put two of the city’s biggest
investment fi rms — Bear Stearns and
Lehman Brothers — out of business
and brought our lucrative fi nancial
sector to its knees.
• Superstorm Sandy in 2012, which
wiped out low-lying areas in Brooklyn,
Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island,
leaving our city with much to rebuild.
• The current COVID-19 pandemic,
which killed thousands of our fellow
citizens, forced the closure of
thousands of businesses, disrupted
our way of life and wrought fi nancial
After 9/11, the financial crisis
of 2008 and Superstorm Sandy,
there were plenty of skeptics who
wondered if our city would survive
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As a city, we should have more faith in ourselves, and our ability to persevere. There’s no doubt we’ve been
hit, but there’s also no doubt that we will recover. Photo via Getty Images
these crises. Each time, we did.
Now, as the city slowly but steadily
gets back on its feet after COVID-19,
we’ve heard too many hot takes
online about how New York City is
either finished or not going to survive
Frankly, we’re left to roll our eyes
and laugh, because nobody has ever
made money betting on the demise
of New York City.
Are people leaving the city now?
Yes. But there will be newcomers
to our city in the years to come.
They’ve been coming here over and
over again, from across the country
and world, for four centuries. A virus
isn’t going to stop that for very
Does New York City have a crime
problem? Yes. Shootings are too
frequent, and property crimes are
increasing. But we remember “the
bad old days” like the current cynics
do, and understand that the city
Have businesses taken a devastating
hit? Of course they have. And
more must be done to save those
struggling to stay afloat. Yet our
city’s history serves to reassure
that after previous economic panics
and depressions, the city lifted itself
from the depths of economic despair
and flourished like never before.
As a city, we should have more
faith in ourselves, and our ability to
persevere. There’s no doubt we’ve
been hit, but there’s also no doubt
that we will recover.
We’ve done it before. Why can’t
we do it again?