“When you leave New York, you ain’t going anywhere” —Jimmy Breslin
Though Adams is Concerned the Wealthy May Ditch the Big Apple, History Begs to Differ
New York City — "The true New Yorker," said Updike, "secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding."
Mayoral hopeful Eric Adams, however, didn't seem to be kidding at all. On Sunday morning, during a radio interview with John Catsimatidis, Adams said:
I don’t join the chorus that tells the 65,000 New Yorkers that are paying 51 percent of our income tax — and [are] only 2 percent of the income tax filers — I don’t join the chorus that states, ‘So what if they leave?'
“I’m just the opposite," Adams continued. "I join the chorus that tells them, ‘We need you here.' ” In other words, Adams isn't on board with the left-wing pushers for higher taxes.
Adams then added, whenever he chats with "high-income earners, they basically say they're fleeing because the city has become too dirty, too unsafe, and there’s not an appreciation for the commitment to the city.”
Wait. ... New York City too dirty and too unsafe?
Ahem, according to a recent ranking of "Safest Big Cities in America," NYC made the top 5. "The Big Apple often gets a bad rap as being one of the most dangerous cities in the United States," according to the report, "but when you look at the crime data, you can clearly see that it’s not a fair title."
Indeed, whereas in Texas the senate recently passed an incredible bill, which allows carrying a handgun without a permit, not so in New York City. No, no. In fact the gun laws are so strict, when star wide receiver Plaxico Burress — who helped win the city a Super Bowl — accidentally shot himself in the leg, he wound up with a 2-year prison sentence.
Talk about deterring citizens from carrying firearms!
As for the notion wealthy New Yorkers will flee due to high taxes, not so fast. After all, as Steinbeck remarked: "Once you've lived in New York and it has become your home, no place else is good enough."
I can recall riding the 1 Train a few years ago. I glanced across the way. There sat Sarah Jessica Parker, apparently enjoying a book. And here's the thing, passengers were so busy in the New York Minute that, since it cost them nothing — they paid her no mind.
Ah, but in other cities, sure enough — Parker would've been viewed as "Carrie Bradshaw." The nosey onlookers would've then disturbed her. But not in New York.
Is the city cramped? Of course! After all, this is the most densely populated region in the country. But also, it must be remembered, according to Wikipedia:
New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, significantly influencing commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports, and is the most photographed city in the world.
And for the above reason alone, as Tracy Morgan once asked: "Leave New York . . . and go where?"