Dear Senator Ted Cruz,
Do you know why New York City is the number one tourist destination in the world?
Do you know why the Statue of Liberty National Monument stands proudly in our harbor?
Do you know why we attract countless courageous young people who know that although we’re one of the most competitive cities in the world, it’s absolutely true, that if you can make it here, you really can make it anywhere.
Do you know why New York City has more houses of worship per square foot than any other place on the globe?
Do you know why New York City residents live longer than the national average?
Do you know why we openly welcome conservatives and liberals, straight and gay, white and black, Jews, Christian, Muslim, and Atheists, agreeable or discordant, rich, poor or moderate?
Do you know why New York City is the number target for terrorism?
Because of our values.
Because we’re the city that doesn’t care where you’re from, what you do, how you got here, or what you stand for. Our overwhelming value, the undeniable character that runs through our DNA, is greatness. New York City is dedicated to supporting anyone, everyone, who consciously chooses excellence as their primary focus. We’re not perfect, and we’re dearly flawed.
But it’s our values, our love of life, our belief that a truly exceptional city can and should make a difference in the world by inspiring EVERYONE to rise higher, be better, and help others. Those are our values, Senator Cruz, and if you really want to become president, visit the 9/11 Memorial WTC NYC, Saint Patrick Cathedral, Temple Emanu-El, the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Coney Island USA, Yankee Stadium, and Citi Field, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Empire State Building, Central Park, go to a show at Lincoln Center Theater, or walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to name a fraction of what makes New York City great, and see if beyond your rhetoric, you feel the same way.
I’m betting, if you come visit us and start experiencing our great New York City, about 8.4 million people will quickly and forever change your mind.