Did you know that New York City now has ferry service? So on top of all the other things you can do here this summer, for $2.75 you can take the ferry from (say) Wall Street to Rockaway beach. For another $1, bring your bike aboard.
Did you know that in New York City, the phone line 888-NYC-WELL is “your connection to free, confidential mental health support?” “Speak to a counselor via phone, text or chat and get access to mental health and substance misuse services, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365.”
And that the City has a comprehensive plan for mental health?
But that if you do encounter a citizen in distress, you can call 311 or text 311-692 to report it (unless it’s an emergency, of course: 911). That number or website is a portal to everything from alternate-side-of the-street parking info to potential job information.
The City is thriving, with its lowest unemployment rate — and highest high-school graduation rate — ever.
And more than 70,000 toddlers enrolled in universal — free — full-day pre-K.
And teensy-tiny Manhattan apartments you can rent for as little as $1,750 a month (which is why God invented Queens).
Harlem is hot again. Brooklyn rocks.
Last year — 2016 — was the safest year in New York City history; and New York is the safest city in America.
Taxes are high, but do you know what? Per Oliver Wendell Holmes (and common sense), “Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.”