We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. We searched our souls for about two minutes. Everybody told me that living in New York was the best—nothing could touch its food, its culture, its opportunities—and I believed them. When they found out we were looking in Brooklyn, they threw a fit: We spent a lifetime trying to get out of the boroughs and you want to take us back? Well, I hate to burst your bubble. Then she wants money for forcing Annie to take a picture with her. If your idea of New York is from Law and Order, Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Seinfeld, Sex and the City, or action movies, you don't know anything about New Yorkers.
Some people hate New York because of what it represents symbolically. And it was scary too, as in, you could hear gunshots at night. New Yorkers have no room in their minds for the possibility of failure. Most of them are trying to sell tickets to a comedy show. Sometimes the prospect of moving in New York is enough for you to move altogether. But New Yorkers do not have the will to contemplate the goal not reached. I don't meet a lot of New Yorkers who don't like it here or aren't city people.
Yellow taxis will always whoosh down Fifth Avenue; the big Christmas tree will rise up in Rockefeller Center each December; runners will jog the Central Park loop on crisp fall mornings, and kind-faced men will continue playing saxophones in the subway. You should try it again and go with someone less annoying! I grew up in Westchester County, in a suburban town just outside New York, so the city was ingrained in me from a young age. If I had booked it, I would have checked out the local hotels to make sure there was enough space for me to have some privacy and my own bed! This particular version was with a woman I met in 1988, the year I moved to New York. I was there on a sunny day, but I have never seen the sun. You see, Londoners are all too aware of their city's shortcomings - they would tell you all about the horror of transport, of house prices, of winter, if they ever deign to speak to you. You are probably missing out on something right now.
Sounds like your friends think their better than others which is pretty lame. That logo has been shamelessly stolen by New Yorkers, who should be called New York City-ers, but I guess they've swiped a demonym as well. Yes, New Yorkers, you are right about a lot of it. That sounds awful, its exactly why I want to travel alone. Besides the fact that it's so un real New York and it tries to act like it's better than Sex And The City when it's basically the same thing - a show about four privileged white women running around New York in this little bubble world, there's this one episode where two of the characters go to Staten Island and when they're on their way there as they're going into the ferry terminal one of the characters says something like It's like the gates of Hell and then when they're on Staten Island he says something like Look at these people. However, the first time I went, I hated it. I'm definitely not running around with my hair on fire like many on the left are: I do think a lot of that is scaremongering, and people latching on to net neutrality with an otherwise poor understanding of the issue.
Actually it's even more than that. I should be devastated or disappointed in myself. As we neared central park, a guy duped us into renting some cheap bikes for two hours to tour the park. Some call all this anglifying sophisticated and outward-looking - I call it recolonization. I presume that you mean, Why do people from New York hate New Jersey? Most of the time, I want to scream and push someone out of my way. John Updike said, The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding. We have all the same chain stores and theme restaurants as Middle America, but we pretend to be so culturally above it all.
That logo has been shamelessly stolen by New Yorkers, who should be called New York City-ers, but I guess they've swiped a demonym as well. Now to be fair the truth is more complex. The best of New York — the world-renowned restaurants, Soul Cycle classes and amazing outfits from Intermix — are out of the question. Twenty-four-hour Duane Reades tempt you to bust out of bed in the middle of the night to buy more nail polish remover. If you ever need any suggestions of where to go, I can give you a list a mile long! A strong work ethic is important and having a job you love can be one of the most enriching aspects of life. Most of the people I've met who actually believe this to be literally true have never lived anywhere else, just like the person who has lived their whole life in a small rural community, and thinks that city life can't possibly be a benefit to anyone.
I shoulder some of the blame as well. As a child growing up in the western part of the state - as far from New York City as London is from Edinburgh - I saw that goofy red heart pop up all the time on television, splashed across pictures of Niagara Falls, lakes so placid that one is actually called Lake Placid, and the soaring Adirondack mountains. Thanks so much for the detailed comment, Jeanne! They think New Yorkers act like the world revolves around them. The comfort level of a hostel at the price of a 5 stars. I even get messages from Mozilla developers of the Firefox browser about it. New Yorkers think their city is the best place on earth.
We have fresh fruit and produce. This post is so well-timed for me! I have no doubt it would be a dream to live in New York if you had money to spend. I never once thought of moving to Brooklyn—it was another place people were trying to escape from. Its basically historical revisionism for the sake of a rhetorical posture. Yet the continuation of the Times story carried the headline So long to the internet. The streets all so chock full of taxis, just watching this sea of Yellow function and flow through the city can be fascinating. It just means they need to rationalise living in what is a majority of cases - a shoebox apartment built close to a century ago.