You really know what gentrification means
Williamsburg, the Meatpacking District, the East Village, and even Greenwich Village had areas with high sketch values. Through the '90s, you watched these and other areas become (for the most part) pretty nice... and then into the late 2000s ascend into banker playgrounds where European princes trophy hunt the middle class for sport.
You may have played street ball with Jim Carroll or John Lurie
Or just sat at a coffee counter next to the horde of other interesting artists, writers, musicians, and characters who used to live in New York as a part of the city -- not separate, nesting in condo penthouses between bodyguard-ferrying sessions.
There was never a single moment in your whole life when you didn't know who Dr. Zizmor was
Someday that guy is going to die and you don’t even realize how sad that is going to make you.