02 Nov '12, 12am

The sound of silence: Why Bloomberg had to endorse Obama

The sound of silence: Why Bloomberg had to endorse Obama

Manhattan’s trademark is its busyness, its height, its scale. Manhattan, apart from the city at large and apart from nearly everywhere else in the world, is a symbol of mania, a thicket of stacks of people working and living. Manhattan is a target center of information and culture that thrives on a million overlapping pulses that build and cancel like ripples. There is nowhere like it. Usually. I used to live near Chinatown, just above downtown Manhattan at the island’s lower tip. Chinatown is mostly low buildings, three or four stories, meaning that its activity spills onto the streets. Vendors and hustlers and tourists crowd sidewalks, bargaining and buying and trying frustratedly to get by. Many of the residents of Chinatown are poor; our apartment just off Canal Street was directly above an apartment of the same size that housed four times as many people, in little cub...

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