Chatter about New York these days is all about how the city has changed. It is full of banks, franchises and billionaires’ condo towers blocking the sun from Central Park. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. compared one of its airports to something in “a third world country.” Its official ambassador is Taylor Swift. It is not a very awesome place to be.
Enter Jesse Chan-Norris, 37, a technology consultant who has lived in the city since 1999. In 2010, Mr. Chan-Norris was a founder of the New York chapter of an organization called the Awesome Foundation, and he is the chapter’s current dean. The foundation’s 10 New York trustees pool $100 each month and give the $1,000 pot — no strings attached — to the New Yorker who best answers their three questions: Who are you? What’s your awesome idea? How will you use this money?