"Assume for a moment that some of these measures really have helped make our persons and property safer—are they worth it? Where and when was the public debate on whether they’re worth it? Was there no such debate because we’re not capable of having or demanding one? Why not? Have we actually become so selfish and scared that we don’t even want to consider whether some things trump safety? What kind of future does that augur?"
"I might never come to Hoboken again,” said Ms. Thomas, 31, who lives in Williamsburg, works in a toy store in the East Village and was wearing a T-shirt that said: “I’m slightly depressed."