Going back in time and looking to the future
New York is constantly changing. That is one of the things that I love about this city. There is always a new restaurant, a new store, a new building and a neighborhood in change. Nothing really lies dormant in this town. This city reflects capitalism on many levels.
One thing that I do not want to see go back in time is the explosion of homeless on the streets. I have begun to see more people hanging out at major intersections knocking on windows begging for cash. More people sleeping on the sidewalks. I am waiting for the window cleaners to return. Those were the people running around at the intersections with cleaning utensils to clean the windows quickly and grab a buck. It pains me to see these people living on the streets as many of them have mental illnesses or are drug addicts. Can’t we help these people?
When you fly into NYC from anywhere and land at any of our major airports, it is always shocking how rundown our airports are, just like our subways, in a city that is the epicenter of the world. Every major industry has a foothold here. Watching the rise of homeless on the street and seeing the earth be very angry from hurricanes to earthquakes to fires, just makes me feel extremely unsettled and worried about the future.
Today is the holiest day of the Jewish year. It is the day of atonement, a day to reflect on the past year and think of the year ahead. We all get a new slate for the year ahead. We forgive for the past and hope we do better in the future. As I look around the world, I can only believe that perhaps we needed to be here to get somewhere better. Let’s hope so.