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This is a story about the death of my father, Joseph Gostin, just shy of his 102nd birthday. In an article last year, I wrote about the challenges of seeking care for my father in the last year of his life—and the kind of person-centered care, consistent with his wishes, that he received at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, New York.

Here, as a tribute to my father, I bring into focus my father’s beloved home—New York City. As a kind of remembrance, I recreated my father’s Sunday ritual, a walk through the sights and neighborhoods, the diverse foods and languages that are New York. But worry creeps in. Despite one of the “world’s best” City Health Departments, it’s not clear whether prosperity will endure. My father’s city was, and is, full of vitality, but I sound a warning about the city’s future, one that all of us would do well to heed.

Companion piece: The “Great” Generation and a Not-So-Great Health System, 95 Milbank Q. 698-701 (2017).

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Lawrence O. Gostin, A Beautiful Life in a Vibrant Yet Vulnerable City, Milbank Q. Online First, April 2018