In the wake of the pandemic, New York City is emerging as one of the world’s most resilient big cities. So what’s the secret to our success? Well it’s more than just size, it’s New York’s model of urbanism where no other American metropolis can replicate!

New York has defied the doomsayers in none other than a spectacular fashion. Data has shown that during the pandemic more people moved to the city rather than out of it. Especially young people who were already eager to move in. As of the 2020 Census once those numbers came in, it just so happens that New York had actually been gaining population rather than declining.

So now the question is why? Well New York City is known to be the city of opportunity and people move to New York because that’s where the jobs are, and jobs move to New York because that’s where the skilled workers are. For New York to go into a sustained decline would take a massive catastrophe — something big enough to remove the nucleus of companies and skilled workers completely. Covid simply wasn’t that. Neither was 9/11.

If you look at a list of major American cities by population density, you’ll notice that New York towers over them all. New York City has more than 28,000 inhabitants per square mile; second-place San Francisco has only about 18,000. That critical mass of density allows a kind of urban living that nowhere else in the country can offer on such a large scale — walkable streets, serendipitous meetings, a vast landscape of vibrant downtown retail areas. It lets young people date and meet new friends more easily. It gives artists, comedians and other cultural creators an audience of critical mass. Density makes New York exciting in a way that no other city can really match.

The density also enables NYC to have the best metro rail system in the country. We may not be able to compete with train systems like London or Seoul, but we sure are far ahead of Chicago or Boston offers. The fact of the matter is the city allows you to get to most places by train and that is not only convenient but liberating. Along with creating a common point of all cultures among the city, we all ride the train together.

And while we’re on the topic, New York’s unique culture is one of its massive draws. By some measures. It’s the most diverse city in the world. While also being astonishingly safe for an American city. Depiste the historic nationwide rise in violence since the start of the pandemic, our murder rate is still well below the national average, and much further below many big cities in the East.Safety makes the city a fun place to live, and makes it easier to maintain the density that is New York’s special advantage.

Of course we need to discuss the city’s big problems– like most, it’s plagued by an affordability crisis, and its excessive construction costs, and dilapidated infrastructure. In order to maintain its density and functionality, the city will need to learn how to build things again.

For now though as long as New York remains America’s most functional large city it will continue to exert the irresistible magnetic charm everyone loves. NYC will continue to draw in the artists and writers who look for inspiration, the lawyers and the financiers who want to walk the streets of Wall Street, and the Engineers and bohemians. Only if another U.S. city decides to convert itself into a hyper-dense train-powered metropolis will New York ever have any real competition. But given the politics of American cities, that seems extremely unlikely.

You’ll also be able to cozy up at The Lodge by Prime Video, a covered, outdoor après-themed area where visitors can grab a festive cocktail, enjoy delicious food, watch the ice skaters or admire the tree.
The holiday shops are open Mondays through Fridays, 11am-8pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-8pm.
So dust off your skates, or rent a pair and get in the holiday spirit! ⛸️☃️