| 09 January, 2016 18:57
New York City has lost its eclecticism; now it is the playground of a few rich families. This has cost the Nation much. We have sacrificed the environment that gave young artists affordable housing, studio space, and experimental theatre space.
Now, the arts have reverted back to the sickness of, as American painter John Sloan called it, "the disease of imitating appearances."
In the mid 1960's New York City, for the first time, took the title of "Center for The Arts" from Paris. We were strong in Modernity, the avant garde.
Soon, this shortsightedness will bring a dirth of labor who live conveniently enough near Manhattan, making many services unavailable to these scions of Wealth, whose main reason for living in Manhattan, is their fear of the world at large. Now, the images of the neighborhoods that spawned great novels, films and plays, is scarred with bourgeois architecture and grilled cheese sandwich "salons". This is very sad and the reason entertainment has now fallen to all time lows. And, the register of Homeless New Yorkers has grown exponentially. "Well, Stanley, this is a fine mess you've gotten us into now!"