People always complain how New Yorkers are mean people. And quite frankly, I agree, totally. I have been living in NYC for 22 years, 2 months and 25 days and counting. I have probably experience the people of New York and not just the fairyland of my neighborhood for about 7 years.
I live in the boogie down Bronx, notorious for it’s creation of Hip-Hop and Yankee Stadium. The real borough of NYC which in includes Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island. Lastly , there’s Harlem ( which is technically not an official borough but you probably would’ve thought due it popularity, it outshines Staten island tenfold.)
Staten Island is the island the hit TV show “Lost” filmed at. Not true, but if you seen that show you catch my drift.
As a New York City born and raised native here are my reason why NYC are mean:
1. Too many beggars. From advertisements to street beggars NYC is just full of things trying to suck your wallet dry. advertisements run rampant as soon as you hit the 42nd street or probably a little before like 59th street. Billboards sit as high as the Empire State Building for God know what reason. You can be at a roof top party feeling so fancy and grandeur to be surrounded by clothing signs like H&M or Banks signs. It’s madness. Next, you have these annoying charities begging you to donate money by giving up your credit card. You have no choice but to be angry when you being stopped constantly by someone begging you to donate every two minutes. Its like “LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE” on top of the store advertisements subliminally begging you to come in a buy, following a homeless person asking you to drop a coin. It can be overwhelming, but it collects slowly like cholesterol. Trust me.
Lastly you have the train beggars, these include the homeless and the fruit snackers. Now, when an homeless person ask for money sometimes you can give, but mostly in the minds of most natives are whether or not their donation is going to used appropriately. Most hate to give a dollar and it goes immediately to drugs. It can be very depressing when a person who legs is missing, arm, or face after acid damage ask for money. This would usually be followed by a teen giving some “I am here trying to stay off the streets” speech selling fruit snacks. Every one of these guys have the same monologue. On top of that you can have a train performer slipping and sliding on the poles…it’s just too much asking for money in one day!
2.Everybody trying to survive. The middle classmen are the ones who really has the end of the stick. Why? because you have two classes Lower and Upper depending on you to be the glue in every financial standpoint. The Lower classmen relies on the middle class taxes to support them as for the Upper classmen depends on you to be a functional taxing paying, money spending, individual to make the economy continue. They way New York City programs are setup, it’s not for the people who are working for nothing. It’s for the people who are doing nothing, sometimes doing nothing by choice.
For an example, certain programs are prejudice by area codes, area codes that are divided by income brackets. So if you live in my area code, its said to believe you are making enough money to sustain yourself so you can be denied from majority of the city benefits. Lets forget the raising food prices, rent, gas, clothes and more… Everybody is trying to survive the harshness of New York city that creates shallow people, company, and friends. Why? because many people in New York are too busy trying to make it in someone so they wont do many things unless its in benefit of them. Nothings free.
3. MTA Stands for Money Taking Association. I hate this transit it has to be the worst transit in the history of railways. Harriet Tubman has designed a better and faster shit than this. TRUST ME. MTA want to throw these “improving new York” signs that explains where the money is going …I don’t give a fuck about some damn sprinkler system!
Is that going to keep me cool underground when its a heat wave and their trains to busy break rails delaying shit…?
I don’t give two rat shits about that fancy touch screen map quest wanna be when yall already have train times when rails are breaking, when y’all move to damn slow!
What they needs to do is find a way to get to Brooklyn in 45 mins. They needs to redesign this whole set up thing called transit! I’ve been stuck underground for 15-20 minutes trying to leave the Bronx over train delays! Imagine this randomly getting you late to work several times a week. It should take one person 2 hours to get into Manhattan, that’s almost reach Albany, NY by car! that’s is far!
In summary an Average persons day can look like this….
-Wakes up at 6:30 am. Drink coffee. Skips breakfast. Jumps in 15 minute shower. gets dress leaves half awake.
-Waits for 7:30 bus with other commoners. Aboard packed bus because its rush hour. No seat available.
-Aboard train running express to the city. packed train, no seat. Fruit snacks man squeezes on train asking to buy. He leaves following a homeless man who smells really bad asking for quarters. Train stops between 86th street and 59th due to train delays. five minutes passed still stuck. It’s now 8:45am you have to a work at 9am you have 3 stops left.
-Work starts. you sit behind a cubicle. Lunch time you walk to mc Donald’s for lunch. Charity stops you to donate to Africa, you say no. Tourist stops you to ask for directions but you cant understand them. Mc Donald’s now has a long line with everything 4 dollars overpriced than any other borough.
-work ends you aboard the train. More fruit snack men. More train performers. more delays. You get home check mail and out pours bills and more bills. Check voicemail at home with more bills collectors.
you cook. you eat. you watch prime time TV. Then you sleep and repeat.
This is like a rough sketch, it can be a lot of stressful living in NYC that causes the meanness in people.
So be patient.