I appreciate the dose of pure reality and I figured it was pretty much like that.
Question: What does a city like NY do when it decimates its tax base due to corporate flight and individuals and families moving out? NYC is still "the place to be" corporate wise but it doesn't seem very stable. Meanwhile the lib administration there is absolutely dedicated to wasting as much taxpayer money on BS and persecuting normal law abiding people as much as possible.
I have a very smol/minor NYC story of my own.
My wife and I visited there in October 2003 - conditions in NY were really good and Giuliani was "America's Mayor". Allies still smelled like sour milk but the crime on the street was much reduced at the time thanks to the city administration. We felt reasonably safe visiting there.
At night we were walking back to the port authority bus terminal. Some deranged woman, not that old and looking fairly normal and not dressed badly, started stalking us and berating us for looking at her like she was crazy.
The incident lead nowhere. She dropped off after we ignored her for awhile.
I could kind of see, though, that just living your life there would be a PITA. This was NY at its all time peak and we as random tourons ran into a weirdo.