To Be Poor in New York
May 27th, 2008
Gothamist commenters have plenty to say about Cara Buckley’s recent Time’s piece, written (apparently) in a demographic vacuum, about the suffering (oh, the suffering) of young, white new yorkers trying to get by on a budget. Tight budgets have them making difficult choices like mascara or lip gloss while foraging for B.Y.O.B. brunch spots (making your own waffles is, apparently, as unimaginable as a Saturday morning without mimosas). I double checked: April Fools Day has long passed. A little refresher course: the median income in New York City? $38,293. The suffering of a single guy making that and then half again sounds like the distant wail of one teeny, tiny violin.
One commenter came up with a fairly plausible theory: the Times is trying to stir up their comment boards by offending as many new yorkers in a single article as they possibly can.
For real coverage of New York City demographics, economics and fianance, I suppose we’ll all have to read Gotham Gazette.By Amanda Hickman on May 27, 2008, 10:39 am
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