Jerry Seinfeld Pens Scathing Rebuke to Idea NYC is "Dead" Due to Pandemic

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Hedge-fund manager and author James Altucher recently asserted the city was doomed.

Jerry Seinfeld is pissed.

On Monday, the New York Times published an op-ed from the comedian in which he offered a scathing rebuke to a recent piece penned by James Altucher, who argued New York City is "dead" due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The hedge-fund manager and author posted his piece to LinkedIn on Aug, 13. In the lengthy article, Altucher highlighted several reasons as to why he believed that NYC would forever be altered amid the pandemic with residents fleeing for nearby states.

"Every subculture I loved was in NYC. I could play chess all day and night. I could go to comedy clubs. I could start any type of business. I could meet people. I had family, friends, opportunities. No matter what happened to me, NYC was a net I could fall back on and bounce back up,"  Altucher wrote. "Now it's completely dead. 'But NYC always always bounces back.' No. Not this time. 'But NYC is the center of the financial universe. Opportunities will flourish here again.' Not this time."

Seinfeld said the "putz" Altucher could not be more wrong in his assertion.

"Oh, shut up. Imagine being in a real war with this guy by your side. Listening to him go, 'I used to play chess all day. I could meet people. I could start any type of business.' Wipe your tears, wipe your butt and pull it together." Seinfeld fired back. "He says he knows people who have left New York for Maine, Vermont, Tennessee, Indiana. I have been to all of these places many, many, many times over many decades. And with all due respect and affection, Are .. You .. Kidding .. Me?!"

The former star of the iconic NBC sitcom pointed to an argument in Altucher's piece where the author argued living in NYC for work was no longer necessary as the pandemic has shown working remotely is just as effective. Again, Seinfeld said nope.

"You know why? There’s no energy," he wrote. "Energy, attitude and personality cannot be 'remoted' through even the best fiber optic lines. That’s the whole reason many of us moved to New York in the first place."

Continued Seinfeld, "Real, live, inspiring human energy exists when we coagulate together in crazy places like New York City. Feeling sorry for yourself because you can’t go to the theater for a while is not the essential element of character that made New York the brilliant diamond of activity it will one day be again. This stupid virus will give up eventually. The same way you have."