The Heroes and Villains of New York City

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09/30/2009 4:00 AM |

We are all familiar with the larger-than-life characters who exist in New York, rare creatures of shrewd vanity who, with chameleonic guile, rise to a certain kind of prominence–in the tabloids, on the blogs, on TV–and then descend just as quickly. These are not heroes; nor, really, are they villains. Heroes, to us at least, are those who make sacrifices (money, fame, security, time, in some cases, sanity) to make the world a better place. Villains, then, are the inverse, those who sacrifice a better world to gain money or fame or security… Obviously, there are many more New Yorkers who deserve to be lauded for their heroism or called out for their villainy, but these are the ones we have chosen.

8 Comment

  • they just lost their lease, and need to find another….preferably in the immediate neighborhood, for not much money…

  • Mayor Bloomberg is in the picture but there isn’t anything written about him, how come?

  • His editing staff is still next to impeccable. I think you meant savvy.

  • In terms of heroes and villains, you have both in what’s going on with the 1-2-3 Community Space. You’ve written about the heroes, but there is also a villain, or rather villains. You can read about them on a blog set up to chronicle the eviction of 1-2-3 by money-grubbing landlords (I know, that’s redundant).

  • I think Bloomberg is on the cover as he’s referred to in the Reverend Billy editorial.

  • Thanks GOD this jackass is being called out. I’m glad to see the villains behind the villains called out.

  • Graydon Carter is a villain because time and age has given him a different perspective in life? Prepare author, for you too will in time (and with age) join the ranks of ‘villains’ everywhere. Unless you’re just so closed minded as to never change.

    Also, when does libertarianism == ‘giving up’. That’s just reductionism.

  • You list Bloomberg as a villain but his traffic doyenne, Sadik-Khan, is a hero. And Billy Talen, no matter how well intentioned, is a clown.