To get tourists, city must first take care of its residents


Who here remembers that phrase? It cries out to us from the 1960s as Mayor John Lindsay’s slogan designed to attract tourists. And you know what? It was fun back then, even if the city’s reputation around the country was one of toughness and rudeness.

Fun City reminded the world that New York was also a city of museums, restaurants, Broadway shows, jazz clubs and folk venues, not to mention beautiful parks, towering skyscrapers and grand avenues, a place where you could have a great time and not go broke.

It was fun until it wasn’t.

Crime inched up and then shot up—not entirely the

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