The new moon rode high in the crown of the metropolis
First, note the poetry of the words here. Pause on how beautiful that is, the vividness of the imagery. The moon hanging over the skyline does indeed look like a star atop a crown.
Second, it’s a brilliant way to set the urban scene — we start out in the heavens, but we’re about to plummet into the messy, heaving tumult of New York City.
Third, there are different theories on why it’s a “new moon” presiding over the city, since the conventional meaning of “new moon” is that it’s dark and invisible. It could be the symbol of a topsy-turvy world — where a moon would shine there’s just darkness. Or it could be that Mos is referencing the Islamic new moon, the crescent, acknowledging a symbol of faith and divinity before plunging us into the sweaty struggles of everyday New Yorkers.
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