As former New York mayor Ed Koch once quipped: “The people have spoken . . . and they must be punished.” Now that Bill de Blasio has been elected the next mayor of New York City, nervous residents are wondering what this portends for the future of life in the Big Apple. Just how bad might it get? For a hint at things to come, we turn to Hollywood, which has chronicled the many woes of New York City — real and imagined — in countless films over the years. Here’s a look at some nightmare scenarios for Manhattan as conjured on the big screen.
Many fear de Blasio will be light on crime — he opposes the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program — and that the city will return to the high crime rates of the 1970s and ’80s. National Review
veteran Daniel Foster captured this sentiment when he tweeted on election night: “The real winner in New York City tonight? Snake Plissken.” Which leads us to our first cinematic inspiration:
Escape From New York (1981)
The Movie: Manhattan has been turned into a giant prison island crawling with violent gangs. “Snake” Plissken infiltrates the island to rescue the president, whose plane has crashed there.
The Real World: The IPAB seems to have denied Plissken’s claim for a replacement eyeball.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
The Movie: An astronaut lands on a planet dominated by intelligent apes and discovers he is in Earth’s own future.
The Real World: Charlton Heston’s famous screed at the foot of the ruined Statue of Liberty may come to summarize the outcome of de Blasio’s blue-state economic policies.
I Am Legend (2007)
The Movie: Will Smith plays an Army scientist investigating a cure for a mutant plague that has turned most of humanity into zombies.
The Real World: The dwindling number of living insurance enrollees in Manhattan really puts the death in “death spiral.”
The Warriors (1979)
The Movie: Youth gangs from around the city meet in the Bronx to plot a takeover of New York, but things go awry when a charismatic leader is killed and the gangs turn on each other.
The Real World: All these violent youths really need is an effective anti-bullying course. Luckily, they can rely on their parents’ health-care insurance to recover from all those stab wounds.