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    New York City 20 Years Ago

    By Kyle | July 21, 2013

    In my Sunday column, I take a look at the headlines from July of 1993, when I was just starting out as a news clerk with the Associated Press, and compare the mayhem then to the frivolity today.

    Topics: New York City | 7 Comments »

    7 Responses to “New York City 20 Years Ago”

    1. Don Reed Says:
      July 21st, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      Yes, here we go again. Once Bloomberg exits stage left, the stability of his and Giuliani’s eras is transformed into anything goes, deja vu.

      Seeing as how this is fairly obvious, you’ve got to wondering how many people who can afford to take their money off the table and move out of the city will do so.

      Coleman’s firecracker still burns me up.

      And 20 years later, Al Sharpton’s dream has come true – a not guilty verdict in the Zimmerman case. His ticket has been punched.

      He’d make a perfect mayor.

    2. Union Jack Says:
      July 22nd, 2013 at 7:24 am

      mr smith authors the gentrified liberals’ manifesto

    3. Union Jack Says:
      July 22nd, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      dandy don—-

      take money and move where? the burbs they evacuated to come back?

      meth land usa?

      1%ers in city core not going anywhere

      you raise a tattered old red flag

      as old as evoking rev al the af-am clown

      smith’s gentrified liberalism will prevail

    4. Union Jack Says:
      July 22nd, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      state of the schvartz class—

      either left gotham to move south

      or slowed down unwanted ™ bambinos

      or penned in by frisky police stops

      schvartz class diminshed in #s—remainder live under occupation

      just the way gentrified libs want em

    5. Obama bin Biden Says:
      July 23rd, 2013 at 11:51 am

      David Dinkins and the $17,000 headboard and sweaty brow. And who could have ever imagined in 1993 that in 20 years, an illiterate poverty pimp like Al Sharpton would become an economic advisor to the Prez of the United States?

      I was back home in the NYC/NJ area last week and had a blast- the city looked great. Theres’ nothing more electrifying than the Big Apple.

    6. Don Reed Says:
      July 23rd, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      UJ; I just hate it when your methadone wears off.

      ObB: Your “who could have imagined” sent chills up my spine.

      God Bless Phil Michelson.

      The Hare: Woods:

      The Tortoise: Michelson.

    7. Obama bin Biden Says:
      July 23rd, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Michelson has to fork over 61% of his winnings in taxes- $1MM to the Brits; $300 grand to California.