New York Stereotypes Disproved

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
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…

19 comments for “New York Stereotypes Disproved

  1. April 19, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Melbourne pwns NYC! it’s late autumn and it’s 27Cdegrees ….. that’s a spicy meatball!

    PS: I have a mate living and working in NYC at the moment and he says it’s the best city in the world
    .-= thelamest(dot)com´s last blog ..Soccer Players Fight like Girls =-.

  2. ThatAintKosher
    April 20, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I’m a born and raised New Yorker and I agree with this list 100%. We really do live in the greatest city in the world- where else can you travel to six countries in two blocks? The only rude New Yorkers are the ones that just moved here and think they need to buy into that stereotype. New Yorkers aren’t rude- we’re just busy. BTW, if I hear one more tourist call it the “Big Apple” they’re getting a throat punch.

    The only “myth” you left out was that NYC has the best food in the world, whether you want gourmet dining or one of our four food groups- pizza, hot dogs, bagels and pretzels. The most orgasmic pizza anyone will ever eat is the Ray’s on West 11th and 6th. It’s the ORIGINAL original.

    Nothing else compares to NYC- the food, the culture, the nightlife, the sports, nothing.

    I do kind of talk like that, though.

  3. April 20, 2010 at 11:45 am

    well said @ That Aint Kosher. New york definitely has the best food. I also hate when people call it the “Big Apple”

  4. April 20, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I’m from northeastern Pennsylvania and travel to New York City from time to time, you’re right about them being good drivers because I wouldn’t even attempt to drive around the city, I usually take a bus out, then use the subways to get around. For the most part I find the people to be pretty friendly, I might come across a rude person or two but no more than I do here in Scranton, where I live. As far as the people with the accents, I personally love it. I’m Italian and a lot of people I meet say I have a New York accent. Be proud of it. Great post!

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  6. Rob
    May 3, 2010 at 1:52 am

    This list is good stuff. I agree with all of it. As I’ve grown up, I’ll admit I’ve grown to like another city better (not naming names, not starting any wars) for my own personal reasons (music, bars, smaller size). But New York is pretty much the shit. Anything anybody likes can be found here.

    That driving thing, man. I can’t believe how true that is. Nobody knows how to drive ANYWHERE else. AT ALL! Makes me angry.

    And the food. Anytime I’ve lived elsewhere, I always start missing New York food after like… 2 weeks tops. Pizza and dirty water dogs and Jamaican beef patties and bomb chinese take-out…. yum.

    And also. Everywhere I go, people assume I’m a dick because I don’t sugarcoat everything I say like they do in California. It’s so frustrating, all the “waaah waaaah, what about my feelings” bullshit. New York speaks the truth, even if it’s not pretty.

    Anyway. Lovely post.
    .-= Rob´s last blog ..So… Conan was on 60 Minutes. =-.

  7. Fuckyou
    March 20, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Fuck You, you are not the greatest city or state in the world. California Is!

  8. Joe
    March 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Cali is a state and this article refers to a CITY. Secondly, CA is flat broke, swarming with illegal immigrants, gangs, drugs, and crime, and full of smug jackoffs like you.

    NY FTW.

  9. Nikki
    May 23, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    TOOO FUNNY! This is all true and I just kept laughing/ Loved it! I live in Utah (originally from NYC) and its true. Everyone here says hello to you and you dont know them. You try that in New York City for too long and someone is gonna do something. Lol. Nice job Johnny

  10. May 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Thanks Nikki! Glad you enjoyed it.

  11. NYforLife
    August 28, 2011 at 3:03 am

    this article is totally true i was born and raised in NY but my parents moved to georgia and dragged me with them i was like fuck that!!!!!! i was gone and back home in my city in a year.

  12. Quentin
    December 27, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Douchebag City is more like it. Best city in the world, my ass!

  13. December 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Quentin, what you care to elaborate? What city do you think is better?

  14. January 11, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    All of that is true, but… Come to Serbia, to Belgrade, you can stay out till 5 or 6! :)

  15. TairyHesticles
    January 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I live in eastern pa (1 hour and 20 mins from NYC) and it sucks ever since i moved here (Born and raised in NYC)lol people here say good morning here alot and i was kinda freaked out by it at first. People don’t know how to drive here to. There’s car crashes here all the time. I still have an accent and some people notice it as well but mines isn’t thick either. Can’t wait to go back home. Fuck PA. NYC >

  16. Elle
    March 12, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Would’ve agreed that it was the best city simply because it is a place I dream of fully experiencing someday. Then you mention that New Yorkers are better than us, us referring to anyone who isn’t a New Yorker. I’ve noticed this mentality time and time again. Sorry to inform everyone but although New York may provide better experiences than the hick town in which I live, New Yorkers are not better than the people who live in my small town. Perhaps we small-town-living people aren’t as cultured (unfortunately), but at least we don’t have the audacity to perceive ourselves as superiors for some unjustifiable reason. New Yorkers may know a lot, see a lot, do a lot, so props to y’all for that. However, it doesn’t say much about who you are – at least not enough to make you “better.” Maybe the New Yorkers who think they’re better should take the time to understand cultures within America – that includes rural areas. Then maybe they’d be less apt to pass judgment when people find pleasure in doing simple things, even if it means dinner at Olive Garden with your favorite people.

    And of course I am not making these statements to anyone who doesn’t truly feel they’re “better,” … but I know the mentality does exist.

  17. Kitty
    April 6, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Lmao! So true! I love everything you said… Except the part about staten island. I’m a born and raised staten islander and I don’t talk like the fags on jersey shore.

    And whoever up there said California is the best is retarded. I’m currently studying in California and I started missing New York the week I left.. in fact today, I was just complaining about everything closing at 2 and don’t get me started on the driving and the food! Psh. The only good food here is Mexican, go figure. and i’m so happy you mentioned the safe part. i’ve had so many people tell me they don’t want to go to new york because they think it’s dangerous. and i’m just like uhh new york is really safe. where you live is worse. i don’t care how much smaller it is.

    And I agree about the last part too. You don’t know how much I let that be known out here!

    And Elle, idk about everyone else, but when I say we’re better, I’m not saying I’m better than you per se, I just mean in general. Not in the sense where I look down on you. It’s more like, we’re the cool kids in school and everyone/where else are just the kids that no one really pays attention to.

  18. Raymond
    November 21, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Native Texan here but I travel to NYC every chance I get! I’ve loved the place since I was 6. Last time I drove there was in 2010 I exited the Lincoln tunnel RIGHT AT 5:30 RUSH HOUR!!! I must have been doing something right because I didn’t get honked at once. It helps to have a mental map of the city. I always wondered what it would be like had I grown up there because I’m such a pussy I get my feelings hurt easily LOL. I guess toughness comes naturally it rubs off on you.

    always love nyc

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