As much as New Yorkers love to complain - about the weather, the price of coffee, the MTA, etc. - it’s hard to deny that we live in what might be the greatest city in the world. Forgive me for getting sappy, but I think cities like New York are the crown jewels of human civilization, meccas of social and cultural convergence, where every single person can find their tribe, survive, and thrive. Personally, there’s nowhere else I’d rather live.
In New York, I can buy goods from all over the world at any time of day. I can walk down the street knowing NYC has the lowest crime rate of the United State’s 30 largest cities. We have potable tap water for goodness sake! Seriously - in a global sense, think about how lucky you are to have endless drinkable water accessible to you twenty-four/seven. Call me a simpleton or a starry-eyed romantic... But I think that’s amazing. And the day I can’t appreciate the simple wonders of NYC is the day I leave. (Spoiler alert: I don’t see that happening any time soon.)
Now that you’ve taken a moment to count your blessings, please consider: as a beneficiary of NYC’s ample offerings, you have a responsibility to contribute to its social order. With almost 9 million people squeezed into just over 300 square miles, NYC is the most densely populated city in the United States. Real estate is scarce and expensive, and chances are you may never feel like you have enough room - at home or in public. On a normal day you’ll encounter hundreds if not thousands of diverse strangers, varied in their thoughts, words, and histories. Free - even forced - exchange of these differences helps make NYC great. But pursuant to this psychological cross-contact, you’ll also encounter their bodies, their breath, and their germs.
Vaccinate your kids.
Please get educated.
In the last few years, a bizarre distrust of science has led to hundreds of cases of Measles morbillivirus right here in New York City. A disease that was all but eradicated on this continent just a few years ago thanks to vaccines! Geographically efficient cities like NYC will become all the more necessary as global population increases. Proper healthcare, hygiene, and education are the foundations of a livable city. The confrontation of one’s personal beliefs with the scientific canon that has allowed for all 8-point-something-million of us to live so closely together is no easy fight. But for the future of New York, for the continuation of all the blessings we have in this the greatest city in the world, it’s a battle that science must win.
No one loves New York City more than me, except maybe you. Please: do your part to keep NYC healthy, safe, and strong.
Tim Oriani is a licensed real estate agent at Bohemia Realty Group. He also directs, acts, and writes music. Check out more of Bohemia Realty Group’s Tim Oriani here!