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April 18, 2013

In NYC, strains of solidarity with rival Boston

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New York Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan said a special prayer for Boston on Tuesday during his Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

“You’ve got our love, you’ve got our hope and you’ve got our solidarity,” he said later. “You’re going to get through it.”

Joe Daniels, CEO of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, sent out an email offering comfort to Bostonians.

“The 9/11 Memorial is a constant reminder not only of what we have endured as a result of terrorism, but also of our ability to come together with limitless compassion,” he wrote. “In the wake of the Boston attacks, this spirit of unity is more important than ever.”

On Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart touched on the rivalry in his opening monologue Tuesday night.

“Oftentimes the two cities are accusing each other of various levels of suckitude,” he said. “But it is in situations like this that we realize it is clearly a sibling rivalry, and that we are your brothers and sisters.”

Tension has bubbled between Boston and New York since the 17th century, when the Puritans, who founded Boston, and the Dutch, who founded New York, squabbled over Long Island.

“We’re so small compared to New York, but we’re so powerful,” said Northeastern University historian Bill Fowler, acknowledging that Boston, with just over 600,000 residents, is smaller than the borough of Brooklyn. “On per capita basis, we’ve got you beat, it’s just that you’re bigger.”

Yankees fan and New York native Steve Sanzillo is still going back and forth with his Sox fan wife, Boston native Christine Sanzillo, over which baseball team their 19-month-old son, Jackson, will root for. For Steve Sanzillo, Monday’s attack did more to unify the cities than any rivalry could divide.

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