I’ve lived my entire life in New York. As a proud New Yorker, I get ticked when I hear the numerous New Yorker stereotypes. Here at Living with Balls, I’ve decided to put these stereotypes to rest. For all you non-New Yorkers reading this, I’m going to teach you which New York stereotypes are true and which are false.
New York has the Worst Drivers
New York has the BEST drivers. You have to be a good driver to get around in New York City; otherwise you’ll get driven off the road. Any schmuck can drive in a straight line down Route 80 with no traffic. New York provides the most challenging driving situations in the country.
Try maneuvering through the Long Island Expressway during rush hour when you are late for work. Try navigating around bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Major Deegan when you are trying to get to Yankee Stadium by a 7:05 first pitch. Try making a left-hand turn, while avoiding oncoming traffic and pedestrians in the cross walk, all while some impatient driver holds on his horn behind you. It takes GREAT drivers to do this.
The only reason people think New Yorkers can’t drive is because there are so many of us. The greater the number of people, the greater chance some idiot will be on the road. We do have some idiots drivers but the percentage is no greater than any other state.
All New Yorkers are Rude
TRUE AND FALSE
Are New Yorkers rude? Yes we are. We weren’t born this way though. New York has made all of us inconsiderate assholes. Think about it. There are 8 million of us crammed into a tiny island and it takes us an hour to drive five miles into work. We have to hop over homeless people and navigate around tourists to catch a train home. You need to be rich just to be able to buy a starter house and everything costs way more than it does anywhere else in the country. Oh yeah—we also have Al-Qaeda living amongst us trying to blow us up every chance we get. SHIT. If you lived here, you’d probably be a little cranky too.
One other thing I’ve noticed. If you go to any other place in the country, people will say hello to random strangers walking down the street. WE DON’T DO THAT HERE. (I’ve had to explain that to my Pennsylvanian fiancé several times. She always does that and everyone thinks she’s a weirdo). This doesn’t mean we aren’t friendly people; it’s just part of our culture here. New Yorkers are very guarded people and we have to be in order to survive in this town.
New York is not a Safe Place to Live
New York City is one of the safest cities in the country. In 2007, New York City was rated the safest of the 10 largest cities in the United States. Now I wouldn’t start looking for homes in East New York or South Jamaica but you can feel pretty safe in most parts of New York.
We all Speak with Obnoxious New York Accents
Hey I’m from New Yawk. Fugghedabout it! Not all New Yorkers talk like this. We aren’t all guidos and wanna-be thugs. Most of us talk normally. There are plenty of intelligent, well-spoken people here. (Except for Staten Island. Everyone there is really like that).
We Think we are Better Than You
OK. This one is TRUE. We do think we are better than you…well… because we are. If you ever overhear someone ripping into the shitty podunk town you live in, there’s a good chance he or she is a native New Yorker. We live in the greatest city in the world, so anywhere else we go is a downgrade. Want us to quit making fun of your boring hick town? How about having bars that stay open past 2 a.m. or opening up a store other than Wal-Mart. If going to Applebee’s is your idea of a night out or The Olive Garden is your idea of fine Italian dining, than you and everyone else in your town deserves to be mocked. Frank Sinatra and Jay-Z didn’t write New York theme songs for no reason. We are the greatest city in the world and we have the greatest people in the world! Cue Alicia Keys and Jay-Z…
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