No Monuments, No icons in NYC
So says the Department of Homeland Security in its latest report that allocates money to US cities according to their risk of being a terrorist target. The result: NYC has just seen its anti-terror funds slashed by 40 percent, from $207.5 million in 2005 to $124.4 million in 2006.
Why are visitors wasting their time at the Empire State Building, the New York Stock Exchange, the United Nations, the Statue of Liberty and the Metropolitan Museum? Why are the guide books listing the Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Bridge and Rockefeller Center as "must sees"? Why are they still printing guide books of NYC anyway, since there's "no icons, no monuments"? This is no joke, just read the official document from Department of Homeland Security form obtained by ABC News
I guess it's easier to find metal twizzers in a suitcase at JFK that monuments in NYC, duh.
Unless Homeland Security considers Ground Zero and its lack of memorial as a synecdoche for the whole city? Impossible, they don't know the word "monument", so imagine "synecdoche"... must be pornography (with a liberal accent).
I still have to visit Louisville, KY, which received increased anti-terror funding this year. There must be a couple iconic cows to protect, and some monumental football stadium.
If there are no icons in NYC, I hope there will be no crowds this weekend when I walk around Lincoln Center, cross Central Park or Times Square.
And Homeland Security should really close its NYC office, and relocate its airport staff in Arizona and Texas. They could have a career change: after searching for terrorists, they could search for illegal immigrants.
But keep this secret: immigrants, with their accents, their culinary traditions, and their languages are precisely what make NYC iconic...