Well, here’s a guy who really needs to cool his jets: After yesterday’s terrorist attack in Lower Manhattan, this 25-year-old who moved to New York City four months ago wrote a 1,500-word Facebook post about how New Yorkers stand together in the face of terror.
Okay, buddy. Let’s pump the brakes.
Tyler Harmon, who moved from Boulder, CO, to New York City four months ago to pursue acting, was in his apartment in Hell’s Kitchen at the time of yesterday’s terror attack. But as soon as he heard about the tragic event, he wasted no time in penning an emotional, multi-paragraph message about how the people of the five boroughs would always remain strong in the face of the most terrible of circumstances.
Maybe wait until you crest the six-month mark of living in New York City before a big emotional post on the nature of the city, all right, big guy?
“I’ve met some of the most amazing people I’ve ever known in New York City—from my co-workers at the Thirteenth Step to the bodega owner on my corner to the people who brave the hustle and bustle of the R train with me every morning—we’re all working, striving, pushing forward,” reads the lengthy post, which was published just a day after Tyler uploaded a photo album from the Empire State Building observation deck captioned with “If you can make it here you can make it anywhere. —Jay Z.”
“If you think you can scare us, think again. We don’t just live in New York. We ARE New York. And New York isn’t going anywhere,” the post, written by someone who has never been to Queens, the Bronx, or Staten Island, continues.
Proving that he didn’t think twice about whether someone who still has to look at the MTA map every single time he gets on the subway should be writing a lengthy ode to New York, Tyler also included a description of a time he nearly got mugged late one night on 39th Street, culminating in a message about how even after that brush with danger, he and his roommate were back in Midtown the next night to see an improv show. “Here, it’s like there’s no other option than to get back on your feet and keep going. Take one walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and you’ll see what I mean. The night some people from my acting intensive invited me out to a bar in Williamsburg was one of the most magical nights of my life,” Tyler, who as recently as June worked part time at a Boulder-area marketing firm, wrote. “New York has survived a terrorist attack before, and it will survive again.”
All right, bud. You were nowhere near the city on 9/11. Relax.
Tyler wove dozens of New York specifics throughout his essay, some of which seemed like they might have just been things he had seen on TV. He ended the post on a punchy “Hey ISIS—we’re walkin’ here,” followed by a heart emoji. But to anyone worried Tyler will ever pen an all-encompassing note about New York City, rest lightly: Tyler’s auditions are going terribly, and he’s almost out of money so he’ll probably be headed back to Colorado in the next few months.