In these suddenly wintry days, sunrise does not begin to lighten the gloom until just before 7 a.m., but when its rays strike the plate glass towers all over the city, they turn it into gold, with a shining brightness that dazzles the eyes.

New York is still the world’s most golden city in more ways than the sun dancing on the windows of the signature skyscrapers. The last few weeks have given many New Yorkers much to celebrate, especially those in finance and property. Both the major stock market indicators, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the broader S&P 500, the most commonly used markers of the health of the world economy, are in record territory. American economic growth is robust at 3.9 percent.

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