I'm not talking about old buildings or remnants of trolley lines in Brooklyn: of course they're still there.
I'm wondering if, in Manhattan at least, there's any remnants of the New York that was the norm about 30-40 years ago. I'm thinking about the Manhattan of Woody Allen more so than the Manhattan of Carrie Bradshaw and her friends; you know, such things as:
* Surly cabbies that are native New Yorkers, not immigrants from the Asian subcontinent or Middle East.
* Neighborhoods where Italians spend the day screaming down from windows to the street below. "YO FRANKIE! AYYYYYYYYYY! ANGELO! YO!!!"
* Old-school Choc-Full-O-Nuts/Edward Hopper Nighthawks-style coffeehouses.
* Tacky electronics stores with ghetto blasters piled high in the windows.
* Little four-story and five-story walk-up buildings with the floors above filled entirely by a warren of independent jewelers, watchmakers, and the like.
* Clusters where the streets are filled entirely by Orthodox Jews, all speaking Yiddish as a first language.
* Really rough neighborhoods south of Central Park.
* Places where fire hydrants are opened during hot weather to cool bored kids.