New York City had undergone an unexpected transformation in the post 9/11/2001 years. I had spent time there on a honeymoon over the New Year’s between 1999-2000 – I figured I couldn’t forget when I got married later that way :-). On that trip people, especially cops and such, were very brusque and rude, exactly how the old-school New Yorker stereotype was portrayed in pop culture. They just didn’t have time to talk to you for any reason, so GTFO – that was the attitude. But after the City was so violently attacked and all the firemen and cops and everyone became heroes, well I’ll be damned if they didn’t start acting like heroes, too! It certainly made a difference those days without power in the summer of 2003.