It’s too bad it’s not online, becauseThe NY Times City section’s feature, asking 14 prominent New Yorkers when the city’s “Golden Age” was, makes for interesting reading. Counting the two who said, “Always,” five people said “Now”: John Leguizamo, Robert Stern, Laurie Anderson, Oscar de la Renta, and Yoko Ono.
But the choreographer Bill T. Jones said “Right after 9/11,” which, I agree, was a unique time that’s being lost and forgotten:
New York had a true reappraisal of itself at a tragic and introspective moment. New York had the attention of the whole world; it was a frightening moment. But the world was ready to follow, to assist.
It lasted a few months. We were vulnerable and open to the rest of the world, and we were ready for a change. There was a chance to ask questions, and it was a time when we were forced to do so.
But it didn’t happen. There wasn’t a true conversation about what America means to the rest of the world or about why New York was chosen. It was an opportunity. And then the politicians took it.