A cab driver's heartwarming words about the magic of New York City went viral after commenting on Jerry Seinfeld's comment on defending the city against claims it was "dead."
Earlier this month, James Altucher, owner of a comedy club in NYC, wrote a LinkedIn viral newsletter complaining that the city that never sleeps was "dead" from the pandemic. This led to an angry response from Seinfeld, who wrote in the New York Times that NYC will be fucking back because of the "real, tough New Yorkers" who will stay and build it again.
The comment received thousands of passionate responses, including one from Eugene Salomon, a 43-year-old cab driver from New York City, who shared his own uplifting reason for believing the city will endure.
We'll be coming back! A cab driver's heartwarming words about the magic of New York City have gone viral (archive image)
Magic: Eugene Salomon, a 43-year-old cab driver from NYC, said one of his favorite drives is a "young person with a dream" experiencing the "energy" for the first time
Seinfeld's comment called Altucher, a "puke" to claiming NYC is dead, insists that real New Yorkers who love and understand it will stick with it and the city will spring back.
"The real greatness of New York City is more than rare," he wrote. "It's unknown. Unknown location outside of New York City."
Salomon clearly agrees. Salomon has been a taxi driver since 1977 and has seen a lot behind the wheel in his decades of interacting with tourists and locals.
"I've been a taxi driver for many, many years," he wrote under the pseudonym Old Yeller.
“My favorite trip is the rare one to pick up a man who has just come out of a hospital after giving birth to his first child. It's the best day of his life and I usually find it difficult to hide my own tears of joy when he tells me all about it.
& # 39; My second favorite ride is similar. It is a young person with a dream who is coming to New York for the first time, ”he continued.
“I'm the taxi driver who gets him from the airport to Manhattan. I insist on the upper level of the 59th Street Bridge as our route.
Exciting! Salomon said he loved driving her from the airport over 59th Street Bridge to Manhattan and watching the skyline approach
Loves it: Salomon has been a taxi driver since 1977 and has seen a lot behind the wheel in his decades of interacting with tourists and locals
Viral: His comment received applause in the New York Times comment section and was later shared on Twitter by Morgan Von Steen
I know him! Suzy Salomon identified the commentator as her father
“The excitement grows as the city gets bigger and bigger as we get closer to Manhattan. After all, the ramp brings us so close to the surrounding buildings, almost at ground level, that we can actually see the people inside.
“My newly minted New Yorker lands on E. 62nd Street and experiences for the first time the" energy "that is so often spoken of.
More where this came from: Saloman wrote the book Confessions of a New York Taxi Driver and also runs a blog called Cabs are for Kissing
“It's like watching a child approach a room full of birthday presents. Everything is possible.
"It will take more than one grumpy pandemic to change that," he concluded.
Solomon's comment quickly caught the attention of thousands of other commenters and was soon shared on Twitter, where it was liked by over 70,000 people.
"That comment on @JerrySeinfeld's piece on @nytimes got me torn apart," wrote Morgan Von Steen.
It eventually caught the eye of Suzy Salomon, who identified the commentator as her father.
"I'm pretty proud of him and all of his great achievements," she wrote.
Saloman takes great pride in his decades as a taxi driver and has even put together a book of stories called Confessions of a New York Taxi Driver. He also runs a blog called Cabs are for Kissing.
In 2014, the Long Islander native told Newsday that he was quick to see the great stories he could tell about his job.
"I always kept diaries," he said. "When I started driving a taxi, I realized very quickly that the material to become a writer was coming in your door."
Over the years he had his taxi commanded by police officers, drove with Leonardo DiCaprio and Paul Simon, and drove a man with a heart attack.
No way: Saloman had responded to a statement by Jerry Seinfeld, who was defending the city against claims that it was "dead".
Solomon's comment was written shortly after Seinfeld's comment was posted on Monday.
The comedian wrote that New York before & # 39;One of the toughest times in a while: "It doesn't take."Some plaster on LinkedIn whine and whimper: "Everyone is gone! I want to go back in 2019!" & # 39;
Don't let the door hit you on the way! James Altucher, owner of a comedy club in NYC, had stated on LinkedIn that the city was dead and would never recover
That & # 39; Putz & # 39 ;, Altucher, had written a long post complaining that NYC was & # 39; completely dead & # 39; and this time don't jump back.
He insisted that the business opportunities, culture and food were all destroyed and he had "moved to South Florida temporarily, if possibly permanently".
Seinfeld fired back and wrote, "Imagine you are in a real war with this guy by your side."
"Wipe off your tears, wipe your bum and pull it together," he chastised.
“Energy, attitude and personality cannot be 'removed' even by the best fiber optic cables. That's the whole reason a lot of us moved to New York in the first place, ”he continued.
“Real, living, inspiring human energy exists when we grow together in crazy places like New York City. Pitying yourself for not being able to go to the theater for a while is not the essential element of character that made New York the brilliant diamond of activity that it will be again one day.
He concluded that Altucher won't jump back, but New York City will
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