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The Death and Life of the Greatest American City

Welcome to New York City’s #NoFilter era

The flight of those less interested in how the city at large is surviving than their individual presence here opened up space. With their departure, they have taken with them a shiny, self-interested city and left a grittier one that feels vital and determined.

Glynnis MacNicol is a writer and author of the memoir NO ONE TELLS YOU THIS (Simon & Schuster, 2018).

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