Magazine October 4, 2021, Issue

New York Stories

A stretch of Times Square, September 2021 (Jay Nordlinger)
On the rise and fall — and rise again? — of a city

Criminologists can give you lots of data — social science. I can give you stories, mainly. But they’re not nothing. I have the evidence of my own eyes, ears, and nose. Don’t forget that last organ: Smells can tell you something about how a city is going.

And I will talk about New York.

In July 2020, a friend of mine invited me over to dinner. He lived at 77th and Broadway; I live at 69th and Broadway. He and his fiancée proposed a rooftop, socially distanced dinner. (The pandemic was roaring.) My friend is a European; I figured he would want

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