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I have never been prouder to be a New Yorker. I was born in New York City, grew up in NYC and feel a powerful connection to the city and the entire state. When I applied to law school, I limited my applications to those institutions in the Metro New York area, because I knew I wanted to stay and practice law here. I also went to college in New York City. I just happen to know that this area is my place in the universe. It’s where I belong.

Any why not? Where else in the world is there the openness to new ideas and different peoples, the legendary entrepreneurial energy, the if-you-can-make-it-there-you-can-make-it-anywhere spirit and up-all-night attitude that puts New York in a league of its own? It’s without a doubt a very special place and I feel so blessed to call it my home. I’m a proud native New Yorker, and I’m happy to be a NY attorney.

But the past couple of months have been very tough in New York. We have been hit with the Covid-19 pandemic probably harder than any other major city in the world. In Metro NY, it’s safe to say that just about everyone knows somebody who has personally been affected by the virus.  And everyone has had to deal with major changes to their lives.  Here in NY we have been upended. But as a state and a community we listened to the facts and the medical experts, made the necessary adjustments, and through our collective effort and shared sacrifice we brought the epidemic in New York under control.  I am so proud of the way New Yorkers came together and individually took the steps that have now enabled us to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I hope our fellow Americans in other parts of the country look at what we experienced and learn from it so that they do not need to go through the trial by fire that we did.  You don’t want to see those refrigerator trucks parked in your neighborhood.

I have heard some folks predict that this pandemic will mark the start of a prolonged downward spiral for NYC. I remind those folks that the obituary for New York has been prematurely written many times before. So please indulge me as I go out on a limb here and make a prediction of my own:  The city will rise again, its indefatigable energy will prove much stronger than the temporary fear engendered by the pandemic. Mark my words, NYC, and New York State, will come back from this and be better and stronger than ever. NY, NY.  So nice they had to say it twice!

DISCLAIMER: To be fair, and in the interest of full disclosure, I also have very strong connections and affinities for New Jersey, which my father used to call “God’s Country.” But we’ll save the homage to New Jersey for another post.

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Thomas M. Wilentz is a published writer on intellectual property law who has been practicing trademark law for 18 years. His firm, Thomas M. Wilentz Attorney at Law, PLLC, was founded in 2003 and since then has helped clients from all over the USA, as well as from Canada, China, the UK, Australia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore and many other countries.