The Cycle | November 05, 2012
him a moderate. we have to cut it short but i hope we can have you back.
>> love to.
>>> next up, the sound track of the city live from democracy plaza. .
>>> 20 years ago i arrived in new york city , got off the train like stevie wonder saying new york just like i pictured it. i had no job and no friends in the city, but i thought i had to be in new york because it was the biggest toughest greatest city in the world. i had frank sinatra ringing in my ears. i wanted to wake up in a city that doesn't sleep because if i could make it there, i would make it everywhere. times square was central. getting mugged was a constant possibility. sometimes i wondered if i missed out on the great city my father had grown up in. there were clubs open at every hour of the day. always some interesting new person to meet. you knew any dream you had could come true in new york . i read joan's good-bye to all that as i fell in love with the city that came to seem like the best friend imaginable. it was so tough and strong i was proud to be part of it. see, before i arrived new york 's greatest challenge seemed to come mostly from within. but over the last 11 years, new york 's epic challenges have come from outside and revealed the depth of its character. 9/11 tested this city's medal like nothing ever has and will. 9/11 will always be a part of new york as it will always be part of america. but we picked ourselves up and mourned and healed and moved on because of the strength that marked this city before i even moved here. every challenge since then brings echoes with it. so the city that was knocked down by 9/11 was staggered by the superstorm of 2012 , i'm so proud of how my city has shown it can take a punch. even a mike tyson to the children and stand on its feet and say that's all you got? no matter what's thrown at us, we don't rebuild. we reload, baby. we know we'll get through this. because we're survivors.