Feels like 1977 (almost) again. Nightlife and pop culture in this city during a depression/recession/downturn/ whatever we’re calling it this week, is feeling a lot like the last time New York had to suffer through massive job layoffs, gas price volatility, and multilateral rising costs of living. Businesses are already getting more creative about attracting consumers. And museums, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and entertainment vendors of all types are visibly rethinking how they do what they do.
In New York we are fortunate in that there have usually been ample free and low-cost concerts and festivals during the warmer months, and imminent offerings from the PEN America World Voices literary festival, the Tribeca film fest, the African Diaspora Film Festival, MoMA monday nights, SoHo gallery weekends, Summerstage and Prospect Park bandshell , and River to River concerts promise memorable delights to soothe the stress of urban life during fiscal wartime. Over the next few weeks I hope to report on much of this as it makes a difference in the quality and direction of cultural trends in my city.