This issue’s theme came about during a pessimistic conversation between Swoboda and I on the front steps of Realcity HQ this summer. With numbers low in the weeks leading up to our Subway Issue, I joked that maybe the next one should reflect the site’s endangered status. What that idea has become since then is a testament to our writers and the city itself. In a place where no one is ever safe from the next big thing, our little online magazine is far from the only entity that’s endangered right now. Based on just the small sampling we’ve collected, the state of everything from our schools to our cats is hanging in the balance, with many a cultural institution in between. Compared to last Friday’s apocalyptic predictions, some of these things may seem inconsequential, but if they matter to at least one person’s sense of reality here then we take them seriously. On the other hand, we can think of more than a few things that we wouldn’t mind seeing die out either. As you’ll see over the next two weeks, none of these situations are necessarily out of our control. By helping spread the word about this issue’s various causes, you’ll be preserving both their sanctity and ours. New York may be too small for everything to survive, but here at Realcity we’re not ready to give up just yet.