pattiLast weekend, Patti Smith and Jonathan Lethem spoke to each other on stage at Cooper Union, no doubt stocked with resident artist/writer hopefuls. They probably didn’t find her advice very comforting.

Back when Patti arrived to NYC without money, lots of people could bum around cheap apartments, “build” or get swept up into communities that eventually spat out cultural figures. No more, not here.


New York has closed itself off to the young and the struggling. But there are other cities. Detroit. Poughkeepsie… New York City has been taken away from you… So my advice is: Find a new city.

So, if you want to be a big deal and be paid to bestow coolness advice eventually, move. Patti also suggests Newark. |VanishingNewYork|