New York City || The Tale of Two Cities: The Honest truth No One Tells You (1)



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Manhattan: The average income for the richest 5% is $800,000, while average income of the
poorest 20% is less than $10,000.

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Two Interesting Headlines

 

Ghetto Tours To “The Bronx” Make a Spectacle Out Of Poor People

A New York City tour company is drawing ire for promising to stop by the Bronx ghetto as part of their excursion. For $45, Real Bronx Tours took tourists from Manhattan past a housing project, a “pickpocket hangout” according to a tour guide and food-pantry lines. The tour participants, who are mainly European, were encouraged to take in the sights of the South Bronx that became known for “drugs, gangs, crime and murders” in the ’70s and ’80s “from a safe distance.”

I’m Not Going to Pretend That I’m Poor to Be Accepted by You.

A student at The New School lashed out after an infuriating encounter at a Gristedes supermarket. She was clutching a giant shopping bag from the Mulberry sample sale and waiting to check out, when she felt two women were unfairly judging her. “They then both glare at me with my shopping bag and my Coco Lite snack cakes and Diet Coke as if to say here’s daddy’s little princess wasting money, that little piece of s–t,” Sacks wrote. She pointed out that “people shouldn’t make others feel bad about their own personal finances.” Others blasted the piece as “immature” and “disgusting,” but the young writer still has fans in her friends, who applauded, and even culturally deified, Sacks on her Facebook page.

NYC – The Honest Truth

1381289_584239544944842_850846714_nAmerica runs on immigrants and no where for me is that more seen in the complex and checkered history of New York City. The statue of Liberty, our modern-day Colossus of Rhodes, welcomes immigrants into this country, as symbolized by the broken chains at her feet.  She says with silent lips:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

New York City was the gate way for many years to the interior of the USA. Once you crossed through you were welcomed into America more often than not, with violence, abuse, oppression,  as the history of the Irish, Italian, Muslim immigrants, attests.  In more modern times, you may have been welcomed to the American way of life by the American soldiers landing in your country to free you from an oppressive nightmare their government helped to create. In other cases it might have been American money and interest that promoted and kept a dictator in power in your country forcing you to leave.

download (5)As a historically consciousness New Yorker I have always admired walking through the city and looking at traces of the history of this city. I love the diversity here, and the 25.1% black. It’s amazing for me.

One of the things I do not love though about the city, is the job it does to hide the disparity in wealth. If such practices exist in the city I would imagine they exist throughout America. That would mean that tension I feel here, is felt throughout the nation with some places being of course stronger than others.

I don’t know how many of you have visited here, but there are many invisible lines in the city that clearly indicate where the money stops so to speak. Sometimes as I walk through the city I can feel a tension. For me it’s a social tension that draws it’s strength from economic and social disparities. I thought I would start a series where I share my insights about NYC and also talk about the far -reaching ramifications on what I see.

Tell me what You think, and what you’d like to see.

Check out my other post: 

SLUM TOURISM TOURS OF THE WORLD’S POOREST COMMUNITIES ARE ON THE RISE.

 

5 thoughts on “New York City || The Tale of Two Cities: The Honest truth No One Tells You (1)

  1. You know your NYC. I’ve never been there but I grew up poor in Hollywood. I never let anyone put me in my place. They could look and look, judge and snicker but it never did, never would, make me feel less than fab. I was in the vanguard of the vintage style movement, old as new. That girl needs to tune out the haters.

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    1. Thanks for your comment LauraLynn ! I really appreciate it! I like the alliteration “vanguard of the vintage style” 🙂 At the end of the day we have to do what feels right by us. I think we cant let other bring us down nor should we antagonize them I feel its a tough line to navigate sometimes I feel.

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  2. Sounds like a great idea, please do write about more on this topic. Infact it would be great to see a before and after of the financial change in the city and certain neighborhoods. Its something I constantly see in Los Angeles especially in areas of where I use to live that we’re considered dangerous. However now that the new rail system has been placed and above ground its seems more like a safari or tram ride through these neighbors for visitors but from a “safe” distance.

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