Twitter users decided to step up, to flesh out Cruz's rather wan sense of what constituted "New York values" by posting examples to Twitter under an appropriate hashtag.
There were any number of 9/11-related examples, but this is a particularly good one — showing Sen. Chuck Schumer (D), then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) and then-Gov. George Pataki (R) covering their faces on their way to Ground Zero. This was the example Trump cited as well: New York unifying in response to tragedy.
It is hard to top this subject for emotional impact.
Others opted for a slice-of-life angle.
Here's a black-and-white cookie (made famous nationally by "Seinfeld") on top of a cup of coffee from Zabar's, an institution on the Upper West Side.
Roast beef and a seltzer from Katz's on the Lower East.
A New York cop waiting in line at a coffee cart, next to a newsstand.
A minister from the Bronx.
New Yorkers who'd served in the military or as first responders shared photos.
In solid New York fashion, others were ironic or dismissive.
The Post's Dave Weigel was enthusiastic about the topic.
That's a GIF from the movie "The Warriors," which is a great movie about the bad old days of New York City, which you should watch this weekend if you haven't seen it.
New York's contributions to culture appear regularly.
Not all of the uses of the hashtag celebrated the city, of course, since nothing good on social media can exist without something bad. The real negative to having the media concentrated in New York is that everything bad that happens here gets to spend a day on the front page of the New York Post — and then gets picked up across the country. A hobo pees on the street, and that's #newyorkvalues to some. A guy literally gives his shirt off his back to a homeless man on the subway, and that's #newyorkvalues to others. Something for everyone.
The most offensive #newyorkvalues tweets, of course, were those celebrating the New York Yankees. The Yankees are not representative of the values of our city, and on behalf of the 8 million people that live here, I demand an apology.