Mara Gay Narrates “Is New York City an Empire in Decline?”
How many can call ourselves lucky to be living in New York City? I dare to say that it is one of the best cities in the world but maybe I’m being biased due to being born in raised in Harlem. Although I love living here I have to agree …
How many can call ourselves lucky to be living in New York City? I dare to say that it is one of the best cities in the world but maybe I’m being biased due to being born in raised in Harlem. Although I love living here I have to agree that there are many flaws that are affecting us fellow New Yorkers. The city that never sleeps was built on big and bold ideas that have been reflected through its many generations. However lately there have been issues that the government officials haven’t been able to address. New York Times writer Mara Gay narrates and questions New York City being an Empire in Decline. She argues that New York City is losing the vision it once had in a creative animation.
The phrase “if you could make it here you could make anywhere in the world” keeps being true but throughout the years might be getting weaker. In this short New York Times animated video, Mara discusses how the homeless rate keeps increasing and it keeps getting expensive for the average New Yorkers to buy a house. More affordable housing units are being replaced with expensive condos that are just sitting empty. With many problems that the city faces, many people don’t want to live here not even their own mayor. Mara fears that this city could become a playground for the rich.
Besides such an interesting topic, the reason I wanted to share this video is because of the illustration style they decided to use in the narration. The video is animated with still photos mixed with naive textured illustration. It reminds me a little of the animations the studio has done in previous projects. I would recommend taking a look at this short film. Mara gives tips on how we can better this city.