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How many times have you heard—while drinking beers or brunching or walking down the street with a friend—that NYC used to be so much better back in the day? A lot, right? It’s a constant conversational lament that New Yorkers can’t seem to shake. So let’s get those obvious downers about modern-day NYC out of the way. Yes, it really sucks that CBGB is now home to a designer shop that sells $98 tees memorializing the punk bastion. It’s terrible that your favorite cool spot closed. It’s the worst that a lot of the mom-and-pop shops in your neighborhood have given way to banks and chain stores. And it’s really horrible that you can barely afford to live here anymore. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll see there are ways in which New York has gotten a whole lot better. Here are just 20 of them. So stop your complaining. Now.