NYC’s Misguided Nostalgia for the ‘Old Days’

They are nostalgic for a past that had barely escaped the notorious Five Points and Gangs of New York era. The good old days featured the vile slums chronicled by Jacob Riis in “How the Other Half Lives” and a political culture controlled by Boss Tweed corruptnycand Tammany Hall thieves. Moreover, Quinn’s Irish ancestors and Thompson’s Caribbean ancestors likely were subjected to merciless bigotry.

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