The media seems to be pining for the crime-fueled depravity of New York in the 1970's and 80's. It was so gritty and exciting. Wasn't it? Or have they just seen too many movies?
The New York Post is giddily heralding a return to the days of Bernie Goetz and an uncrossable Bowery. Out-of-towners are scared to visit again, they wring their hands about (a bit excitedly). Over at the New York Observer, they're getting nostalgic for the mustachioed noir rococo days of gay rent boy sex.
Given the near complete yuppification of Manhattan over the last decade, it's hard to imagine that the out of work architects and bankers are going to turn into junkies, toughs and prostitutes over night (gentrification pioneers in Bed-Stuy, on the other hand, are screwed). So, why not go back to the original sources for all this doomsday nostalagia of when New York was dangerous, scary and cool?