(Jason Zinoman’s article appeared in The New York Times, 7/25; via Pam Green.)
When I worked at Time Out New York in the late 1990s, visitors to the office were greeted by an ad poster saying: “Welcome to New York. Now Get Out.”
It made me roll my eyes. That the famously obnoxious New York attitude was being used to sell magazines was, to a snarky young guy steeped in the cultural critiques of The Baffler, just one more example of the Disney takeover of the city. Just as theater is always dying, New York is perpetually over. Complaining about its demise, however, remains one of its wonderful traditions, and Colin Quinn, a comic alert to ritual, plants himself firmly in the middle of it in his new monologue, “The New York Story,” a nostalgic lament that makes for a lovely summer evening.
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