Cat Marnell wants wealthy people to keep leaving NYC so rents drop
Cat Marnell is the first to admit there have been some perks of the coronavirus pandemic in New York City.
Though the Big Apple has been described as a “ghost town” on numerous occasions since people started leaving in droves for the suburbs, Marnell said the city is better off without them.
“Maybe all the ghosts of all the white people are gone,” she told Page Six over the phone on Tuesday. “I’ve never seen so much diversity downtown. It’s awesome. It’s great. I hope that the white flight continues.
“I love how I’m talking about white people like I’m not [white],” she said, laughing.
Marnell, 38, said she thought that New York was “awesome this summer.”
“I hope that all the wealthy people keep leaving. I want the bad press for New York to continue. I want the loft prices to keep dropping magically just for me,” she continued, likely to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s chagrin as Cuomo once offered to cook for wealthy residents who’d return. “I want it all to keep going as far as I’m concerned. I can’t believe how fast people moved.”
Not only has Marnell witnessed the financial perks of the city, she also admitted that moving back to New York from Europe cleared her mind in terms of what was next for her career-wise.
“I moved back to New York City and all of a sudden I knew exactly what to do with my career,” she explained. “I still managed to get the wheel turning in my head. New York really carries you in a current.
“I’m sorry for anyone not in New York,” she added. “Everything clicked into place.”
Fans of the “How to Murder Your Life” author will be able to read all about her experiences in New York and around the world in her new Patreon column, “BEAUTYSHAMBLES.” Marnell told us that part of her paid subscription site will be rewritten versions of her old xoJane columns, as the Meredith Corporation declined to let her republish them for a book. She compared the ownership issue to Taylor Swift’s battle with Scooter Braun over her master recordings.
“I’m going to retype my columns on my computer because I have them all…that one of my amazing fans assembled for me and sent,” she explained. “I’m going to retype them so they’re mine. I’m not going to change anything even though there are excruciating things in them, embarrassing. I can’t believe I was that crazy, but it’s OK.”
Marnell’s updated columns will include “some cool notes” including behind-the-scenes details about each story.
Her first column is expected to drop Thursday or Friday.
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