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Loneliness is New York’s leitmotif. This feeling is palpable everywhere in New York City—a place filled with 8 million people, many of whom are immigrants and transplants.
Streets of New York are full of people from all walks of life going about their business, not paying attention of what everyone else is doing, speaking many different languages. This bizarre symbolic Tower of Babel is a constant struggle: one day, the city can fascinate, the next, it can be felt as energy draining beast. So many people here are focused on money or their careers.
It often feels like no one has any energy left for emotional conversation, for relationships. Although it isn’t difficult to find company, many of the interactions new-yorkers have with each other are empty and meaningless. It’s easy to be lonely and anonymous in a city like this and, ironically, one can feel that more than anywhere, but on Times Square, while being constantly surrounded by huge crowds.
Yes, there are some people who in pursuit of their dreams, inspire others and give the city a touch of humanity. Like a high-wire artist Philippe Petit, who on 7th of August 1974 performed an unauthorized high-wire crossing between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and became a symbol of the free-spirited daring aspiration that draw people to New York. He was later celebrated by New York and given a free lifetime pass to the Twin Tower’s Observation Desk.
Kir imagined how Philippe Petit would see New York if his daring act was done at night.