Thursday, January 29, 2009
BITING THE APPLE
I was certainly surprised to
hear on the local news today
that the Borough of Queens,
New York City, came in first
in a survey that places them
#1 in resident satisfaction.
Or as the reporter proclaimed,
Queens was the happiest
Borough of all five. I would have
thought that perhaps Manhattan, which
contains Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue,
might have won out. Which just goes to
show that money doesn't buy happiness.
Conducted by a Citizens Committee
for New Yorkers, 4400 people, a
reasonable amount to form a statistic
of 51%, said that they liked the friendliness
of their neighbors, the houses are nice, there's lots of
greenery, the largest diversity of cultures, many languages
(no hysteria here to make English the official language).
And 68% really like to join in for the betterment of
I'm happy that this has seen the light of day. Maybe
there will be a shift in emphasis, and population,
away from Manhattan, to Queens, so that in the future
when we sing..."if you can make it there, you can make
it anywhere"...we will be singing about Queens, N.Y.
I have to admit that in recent years, the only times I've
visited Queens was on the way to or from the airport.
Either LAG, or JFK. Queens, in addition to being so
harmonious, is very well suited for take-offs and
In the future, as I drive through Queens, I will certainly
breathe deeply of it's benevolent air!