Coping with COVID-19: Weekly(ish) Mental Health Tip: Let’s hear it for New York

“I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they’ve ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn’t know, because I won’t ever dare ask that question.” – Dylan Thomas

If you haven’t already read Jerry Seinfeld’s article, which fights back against the notion that New York City is dead, it is definitely worth a read.  It is an ode to the city and a clarion call to New Yorkers to come back and rebuild as much as possible given the circumstances. 

It couldn’t have come at a more propitious time. This is the longest I have been away from NYC since I was a teenager (except for my time in India) and I am returning this week.

I know my city.  I know it’s resilience.  For me, September 11th does not conjure images of terrorism but love and resolve.  On the morning of September 12, 2001 I stood on the west side highway with my neighbors, dazed by the attacks but cheering the firetrucks and rescue vehicles streaming in from all over to help in the rescue efforts.

It was the spirit of togetherness and determination of a city to come back stronger than it was.  It will again. And I can’t wait to get back to it.

With warmth, love and anticipation,
Ben

More Stuff

If you are looking for more New York-based media/stories, check out Fear City,  a three-part mini-series on Netflix about New York vs. the Mafia in the 1970s.  It’s amazing.  

Also, feel free to check out my favorite NYC movie of all time: The Taking of Pelham 123 (the original. NOT the Denzel/John Travolta travesty of 2009, which is unwatchable).

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