“They say life’s what happens when you’re busy making other plans. But sometimes in New York, life is what happens when you’re waiting for a table” quotes Carrie Bradshaw a character in the internationally successful television series ‘Sex and the City’. It is without saying that many things that happen on the streets of New York City simply do not in other cities in the world.
A great many of the most powerful companies in the world have their head offices in the big apple, a melting pot of cultures, socio economic backgrounds and wealth. This is where Madonna began her career, where hip hop was born and where the finances of Wall street influence the global economy.
‘If you can make it here you can make it anywhere’, Frank Sinatra’s triumphant voice echoes in many a fine NYC bistro.
But what does it feel like to be a New Yorker? What struggles does one face in the daily grind of the inner city?
Despite its glamorous hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and high rise penthouses, those who are not blessed with fortune are simply just struggling to make it – In any way they can. According to The federal Bureau of investigation, New York has one of the highest crimes rates in the United States. This is quite apparent in popular television shows, Law and order and CSI, but the real news stories of personal struggle and necessity are much darker and commonly forgotton on the action packed silver screens of the big cinemas.
What will become of Angel Alvarez? The 23 year old from Spanish Harlem who survived after being shot 21 times by police bullets last month ? Will he be convicted of simply fueding with a rival ? In the aftermath of the ill fated , Sean Bell,the un armed man who died in a hail of 50 police bullets in 2006 on the eve of his wedding yet has only just (4 years later), been issued with an official appology and a street bearing his name. How can we really be sure about who we can trust? Welcome to New York, open your eyes, stay informed and look beyond the obvious.
“It is ridiculous to set a detective story in New York City. New York City is itself a detective story.”
Agatha Christie, Detective and novelist
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