Staying alive was no jive
Simply surviving that neighborhood is an accomplishment. “Jive” is 1970s slang for a joke; surviving the hood is not to be taken lightly.
This line and the previous one are a reference to “Stayin' Alive” by The Bee Gees; “we can try to understand the New York Times' effect on man.”
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