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Contemporary New York (essay)

Wall Street remained the epicenter of American capitalism, a true icon of the most success driven society on the planet. The city of New York remained the national center for both culture and education; with an outstanding number of museums and colleges. Broadway theatre was about to embark on its most preposterous era. How could a population of only 3.1 percent of Americans dominate the spirit of the age?

After the election in November 1980, Ronald Reagan proposed to the change in American political thoughts. Reagan embodied his hopes and frustrations, encouraging Congress to cut taxes and reduce national spending on social programs such as housing and welfare. Doing this reoriented American’s self-reliance characteristics.  Reagan’s emphasis on individual accomplishment and smaller government represented values congenial to most Americans. New York’s budgetary reliance on federal and state aid programs had been escalating since 1961, and systematic reductions in funding aid caused a substantial suffering in a recovering city.  The nations most liberal city progressively declined, each city budget of this decade became a battlefield. In 1981 the “savior” of New York; Edward I. Koch won a second term in election. Morley the cities social problems were disappearing, but crime became a major issue in 1981.

Even though Koch was performing his daily budget balance, there is existed some unacknowledged perception that the city was only becoming more poor. It was said that the mayor was unseeingly creating alliance with building and real estate interest, creating deals with businesses. The municipal economy was rapidly strengthening.

Although the accounts of both mayors Koch and Bloomberg faced many economic hardships. The underclass and the population of New Yorkers both put up with the Koch and Bloomberg Administrations, leading them eventually to strength.

Downtown Manhattan (Blog 4)

New York has architecturally significant buildings in a wide range of styles spanning distinct through historical and cultural periods. It boasts a spectacular array of architecture, dense canyons of neo-classic temples and soaring skyscrapers. These include the Woolworth Building constructed in 1913, an early Gothic revival skyscraper with large-scale gothic architectural detail. Touring down Wall Street I had experienced historic, and active buildings. These buildings such as trinity church, Federal Hall National Memorial, and the Bank of New York were very decorative buildings, from the floor all the way to the top of the columns. Custom details gave a very extinct decoration to each structure.
The neighborhood of TriBeCa straddles Chambers on the west side; at the street’s east reveals the giant Manhattan Municipal Building. With an architectural renaissance style, with a screen of Corinthian columns. Its terra-cotta vault was modeled on the entrance of the Palazzo Farnese in Rome, and the south arcade has a ceiling of white Guastavino tiles. Standing today as a NYC landmark.

Building a Modern City (Blog #2)

New York was developing quickly. Constitutional rights were finally being recognized. Constitutional change had expanded the number of potential electors. New York was destined to become the future London of America. Large  number of immigrants immediately fled to New York, who’s voting potential was tapped. America was rapidly growing, businesses bloomed rapidly. All of this later prepped the wait for the Erie Canal.

Early New York developments have influenced our surroundings today. Major advancements as, the Erie Canal (1825) have left impacts. In 1825 the opening of the Erie Canal had given New York a new technological way and allowed access to the west. The completion of the Erie Canal guaranteed New York City’s future prosperity. Steam locomotive engines then invented shipping and railroads. Railways and transportation helped to move people, goods, and raw materials.

Property qualifications were dropped, and immigrants poured in by the tens of thousands. It was the greatest transfer of population the world had ever experienced. The first tenements were built, housing immigrants for low rate. Diseases were spread amongst non born natives, killing most of them quickly. Trying to improve the conditions New York lated constructed the adequate and clean water supply, for both disease control and fire protection.

New York had become the greatest city in the nations. Phenomenal growth, economic strength, cultural maturity, technological changes, crime, disease, poverty and development were factors.  New York was coexist and was still changing. All these problems faced, later led to New York today.

My view on New York

When you hear “New York” you think, bright lights, crowds, Broadway, the city that never sleeps. Tourist from all across the world visit New York imagining it to be a lifetime experience. Wall Street, Times Square, The Statue of Liberty, all amazing themes that tie up New York City.

Born and raised in two of five boroughs in New York, I can say Ive seen it all. Ive lived in the big apple for all of my child hood. Born in Brooklyn, later moved to Staten Island. I have experienced good, bad, and even not expressible experiences all around me. The twin towers accident, the NYE ball drop, government shut downs, Hurricane Sandy, and many more. Over the years I have realized New York is not what everyone makes it seem. Its not perfect, were far from it. We have problems, lots of them. I grew up in a fast pace city. People always rushing, yelling, pushing, attitudes were always very obvious.

Growing up around it you finally notice all the flaws. People are mean, and only care for themselves. People steal, argue and fight everywhere you go. The problem is were too caught up in everything we have, that we don’t realize what we have.