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My New York is gone

I feel like the last one left at the party. Everyone has died or moved away. I've lived in the same rent-controlled apartment since 1975. I had so much fun in NY in the 1970s. I was young and carefree. I hung out at the greatest places -- got into Studio 54 a few times, shows at CBGB/OMFUG, amazing memories at Tunnel. The 1980s were even better. I don't know how I'm still here. Everyone moved away. Got families or different jobs. I walked into my apartment today, the same one I've had where all these good times happened, and I felt so achingly alone. I don't know who my neighbors are. The only mainstay is the old woman who lives downstairs, who has been old since I first moved in. When she dies I think I might seriously lose it. Nothing is the same. Times Sq. looks like a Pottery Barn catalogue. The Village and Soho look like suburban mini malls. Nothing is the same, it's worse.


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