A friend whose good opinion I'd like to keep pointed out to me that community members might understand comments made about particular communities (both positive and negative) but outsiders will not. This is especially the case if one does not choose to word one's comments in a very precise and careful fashion, which I cannot reasonably expect of my commentators.
Therefore, I would like to thank you all so very much for contributing to my post about Jewish communities in New York. I appreciate the time you took to write your ideas and post them here, but I am afraid they might do more harm than good. (That having been said, there were parts of the comment thread that were very good and cannot possibly be harmful, such as Anonymous Mom's list of interesting places to visit or things to do in New York, and I do plan on posting that separately.)
My friend said, "Congratulations, readers of your blog now know the "stereotypes" just as much as a native New Yorker. "
That's not what I meant by this post nor what I desire to advocate. My friend explained that the comment thread contained many "gross generalizations" and was more misleading than helpful or accurate.
I don't want to be the deliberate disseminator of false information. For that reason, I have removed my former post.
I apologize for taking your time unnecessarily.