A Sunday in New York is madness, a bit of insanity always at the brink of more insanity. If you love that kind of being, as we do, then Zoo York is for you... New York is a mad mad world unlike anything else nor do New Yorkers desire to be like anyone or anything else. All the summer heat only adds to the madness
The Central Park Zoo in the 19th-century was populated by wild animals displayed in open-air cages, who paced the bars back and forth neurotically—always hoping for an escape, yet paradoxically blind to the world beyond their cramped quarters. ALInoted that by contrast, here were these feral teenagers, himself included, living in a free society, who sought nothing more wholeheartedly than to crowd together in a deep, dark hole in the ground. Marvelling at their perverse urban psychologies, ALI decided that all city people were insane for seeking imprisonment in tiny apartments, offices, subway cars and the like, and declared that New York City itself was "not New, but a Zoo!" He named the tunnel itself "Zoo York"—a perfect symbol, in his mind, of the dark psyche of the inner city itself.