Coke vs. Pepsi. Kennedy vs. Castro. Heidi vs. L.C. Epic yet minor rifts when compared with the timeless power struggle between New York and Los Angeles. In the name of settling this battle royale, every week Radar will take stock and determine which city truly holds the competitive edge.
This Week: No less a man than Alvy Singer once said of Los Angeles, “I don’t want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light.” But this week offered some stark realizations: While NYC’s new pay toilet may be a triumph for mankind, vulgar anti-Semitism is still alive and well in our city’s gaudiest hotels.
NYC: A new pay toilet opens in Madison Square Park. For a mere 25 cents, New Yorkers can perch their cheeks on the mystical, golden, self-cleaning commode. (The time limit is even a generous 15 minutes, ensuring that the park’s Fashion Week visitors will have plenty of time to coke up, primp, and get back on the runway with no fear of social diseases.) Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff to NYC citizens: “This is a movement whose time has come.” NYC citizens to Doctoroff: Okay, we like the toilet. But please stop personifying our … movements.
L.A.: Gang violence is down 27 percent. So don’t complain, and do your business behind the Jack in the Box like everyone else.