Jerry Seinfeld defended New York City despite the skyrocketing crime rates and the multitudes of residents leaving, according to Breitbart News.
“We’re going to keep going with New York City if that’s all right with you,” Seinfeld wrote.
“And it will sure as hell be back. Because of all the real, tough New Yorkers who, unlike you, loved it and understood it, stayed and rebuilt it.”
His comments follow the publication of a recent article that proclaimed that “NYC is dead forever.”
James Altucher, a former hedge fund manager and comedy club owner, wrote in a self-published essay that he and his family fled the city during the Black Lives Matter riots.
“Nothing was wrong with the protests, but I was a little nervous when I saw videos of rioters after curfew trying to break into my building,” he wrote.
“Many people left temporarily but there were also people leaving permanently.”
Altucher argued that New York’s demise is a result of business and cultural factors. “Businesses are remote, and they aren’t returning to the office. And it’s a death spiral: The longer offices remain empty, the longer they will remain empty,” he wrote.
“Energy, attitude and personality cannot be ‘remoted’ through even the best fiber optic lines. That’s the whole reason many of us moved to New York in the first place.”
Altucher replied to Seinfeld’s article, saying he was glad the comedian “took the time from his compound in the Hamptons to write a piece on me without addressing any of the actual problems NYC faces.”
I’m glad @JerrySeinfeld took the time from his compound in the Hamptons to write a piece on me without addressing any of the actual problems NYC faces. – some putz from LinkedIn https://t.co/eWs1hrOB2T
— James Altucher (@jaltucher) August 24, 2020
I like Seinfeld, but he’s wrong. Having an insane amount of money makes it easy to simulate the NYC of the past (or of fiction), especially in TriBeCa or uptown. When you work like a dog to afford your tiny, shitty walk-up, it’s another story. https://t.co/H93n7Vn9id
— David Reaboi (@davereaboi) August 24, 2020
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 24, 2020
No one’s having to write articles saying that Texas isn’t dead.
Of course, @GovAbbott doesn’t need to beg rich people to come back. Maybe it’s time to admit that certain policies lead to freedom and prosperity, while others lead to decline and poverty. https://t.co/SV8lZcJgbD
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) August 24, 2020
More from Breitbart:
But the most important factor is high-speed Internet bandwidth. “People have left New York City and have moved completely into virtual worlds. The Time-Life building doesn’t needto fill up again. Wall Street can now stretch across every street instead of just being one building in Manhattan,” he wrote.
Jerry Seinfeld hit back, saying that remote working is no substitute for the Big Apple’s vibrancy. He also called Altucher a “putz.”
Seinfeld’s Times op-ed has received blowback on Twitter, with people noting that only wealthy people like Seinfeld are in a position to stick it out in New York.