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I don't understand why everyone is so hung up with NYC for...
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25 / M / Behind You
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Posted 6/17/12
Your perception of an area is different when you've lived there for an extended period of time.
I've lived in Orlando, FL for the last 5 years and I have no clue why anyone would come here for a vacation.
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I'd only ever want to go to NYC to be in/see plays. . . I'd love to go to Tokyo!! I was born and raised in FL and don't understand why anybody would want to come here(besides Disney) .... it's sooooooo hot and that is the perfect weather to grow all kinds of crazy huge and gross bugs...
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Also I really don't get the whole 'tipping culture' in America, as your not expected to do it here and that could leads to loads of awkward situations if I forget or don't tip enough.


It has less to do with culture and more to do with tax laws.

A vast majority of servers and waiters make minimum wage. What make the jobs so however attractive is the tip money you get from the tables you wait.

Now here's where people get butt hurt. The US Government assumes that every waiter automatically receives 10-12% of every bill as a tip. They take base rate income tax out of a server's monthly paycheck based on those assumed earnings in tips.

The reason not tipping a MINIMUM of 10% on every check will get waiters and servers in America hot under the collar is because the Government will tax them the same, regardless of whether they make a 10% tip or not.

Not only are tips a Servers primary source of income, because the tax tends to make payday checks pretty pathetic, servers are basically loosing money from their own pockets if guests aren't tipping properly.

Personally I don't leave less then a 20% tip for even halfway decent service.

Hope this helps.

/end rant

As for the main topic, I'm from California. I don't think I'm allowed to like New York regardless of how good or bad it actually is =p.

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mimosa_usagi wrote:

I have lived in new york most of my life, I was born here and spent most of my childhood and adult life here. And I just have to say that I hate this place with a passion. I have been other places and the people are so much nicer out side of new york. But then again I live in a not so nice part of the Bronx. People who just think new york is the best thing ever are usually not from here, or are only thinking of Manhattan back in the old days before the artist and creative people started getting pushed out. I guess I am just bitter because it is so hard to find work in this city, and everything cost so much. Also the part about bed bugs and roaches is so true it hurts. I guess i just have to save some money some how. But i am planing on moving the south a lot of people dislike it but i really loved the people there.


*high five*

By the way, I found Tokyo to be more expensive than Manhattan.

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Not much of a difference from where i live in NJ lol. There's also the dangerous areas at night and the projects, which day or night, i wouldn't step inside lol. I wish i could have a chance to visit Tokyo though, i heard it's a nice place.
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GodWhomIsMike wrote:


mimosa_usagi wrote:

I have lived in new york most of my life, I was born here and spent most of my childhood and adult life here. And I just have to say that I hate this place with a passion. I have been other places and the people are so much nicer out side of new york. But then again I live in a not so nice part of the Bronx. People who just think new york is the best thing ever are usually not from here, or are only thinking of Manhattan back in the old days before the artist and creative people started getting pushed out. I guess I am just bitter because it is so hard to find work in this city, and everything cost so much. Also the part about bed bugs and roaches is so true it hurts. I guess i just have to save some money some how. But i am planing on moving the south a lot of people dislike it but i really loved the people there.


*high five*

By the way, I found Tokyo to be more expensive than Manhattan.



Yhea I have heard that, but I also heard that the pay reflects the higher cost of living. Here in New York most jobs refuse to give a living wage I guess in Japan they plan things with the whole society in mind. I don't see planning like that here in the states.
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Gangs. That's why.
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Both New York City and Tokyo is filled with crime i love New York though Fun wise to me New York is alot more exciting for me for some reason :3 And My Cousin Goes to Kyoto! Hes in Inter Human Studys or something like that
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There is no way I'd ever live in or work in NYC without being forced to. Big cities just make me nervous. I'll stick with my somewhat rural Michigan.
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It's just that there's a lot of business and rich people there, plus Wall Street. I know how you feel though, I live in LA and just for that I don't understand why people are so obsessed with it.
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I sometimes feel like a tourist in new york city when I venture too far from my home town But yea, this place offers a lot of good scenery, Time square is not that amazing, it's only worth going during the New Years.....I've never seen the ball drop even though I'm a new yorker haha. The places in Brooklyn, I think, look better than Times Square.

I heard that a lot of women trick guys into thinking they live in new york to try and chat them up....like seriously?
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mimosa_usagi wrote:

I have lived in new york most of my life, I was born here and spent most of my childhood and adult life here. And I just have to say that I hate this place with a passion. I have been other places and the people are so much nicer out side of new york. But then again I live in a not so nice part of the Bronx. People who just think new york is the best thing ever are usually not from here, or are only thinking of Manhattan back in the old days before the artist and creative people started getting pushed out. I guess I am just bitter because it is so hard to find work in this city, and everything cost so much. Also the part about bed bugs and roaches is so true it hurts. I guess i just have to save some money some how. But i am planing on moving the south a lot of people dislike it but i really loved the people there.


Congratulations, you're getting quoted a lot this day.

I lived in NYC 3 different times during my childhood in the Bronx, Manhattan during the 1950's, and Staten Island during the late '60's. I despised NYC the whole time I was there as a child. Compared to reports I hear from ex-patriated midwesterners who live in the Empire State presently people seemed more reserved and clannish back in the '50's but I was a young kid then. Everyone older than 11 seemed mean.

As a youngster I fondly remember the Bronx Zoo, Museum of Natural History, Empire State Building, the ferry boats, friendly cabbies that drove cabs made by Checker (Kalamazoo, MI), double-decker buses, gritty subways with rattan seats (uncomfortable as hell), human subway toll collectors who could pronounce words instead of grunting or sleeping on the job, trash everywhere, spitting on the sidewalk as an art form, great restaurants, Horn & Hardart (1st ever cafeteria I was ever in as a kid), Howard Johnson's (garish decor, excellent ice cream and service.....which mgmt let go to shit in the early '70's), ice cream and milk machine (25 cents/qt down in apartment basement).

I even saw the 1954 movie Godzilla here! Wow, that movie scared the peewads out of me then.

I less fondly recall unfriendly people and their kids, learning early where to hide your money on your person (pickpockets behind every lamp post, or so it seemed), becoming an adult child by the age of 5, social atmosphere that was non-existent (apartments were like jail cells, door thudding, keys locking/unlocking doors, footsteps and murmurring in the hallway but if you appear and they do not know you instant silence).

Staten Island in the late '60's was great compared to NYC. People were a little bit more friendly but then I was college age and read people differently, Parking free was a bitch. Parking a car on a city street and living in a multi-unit apartment building near the ferry terminal was a pain. My mother's apartment complex put in a camera-voice recognition system after the front level furniture got stolen 3 different times. The 4th set was chained to the concrete floor. The only thing stolen from my parked car was a radio antenna. Coat hanger replacement received just as well and wasn't as enticing to steal. The crime rate didn't escalate until the ramps linking Staten Island to the Verrezano-Narrows Bridge were finally opened. No matter, in 1968 home base became Seattle, Wa. and I have not been back since. Once I saw NYC from Union, NJ 22 years ago when I was a trucker but haven't made it back since. Do I miss the Big Apple? Good God! Hell, no.

My most memorable excursion in late '60's Manhattan--Bronx was accompanying my aunt Grace to go to Sunday Mass 1 time. She was a devout Catholic with a Master's in Music retired from teaching at Hunter College who devoted her Sundays playing the massive organ at St. Nicholas Church. Having lived 50% of my life in or near the NEC at the time I was used to urbanscape and it's pressure-cooker environment, or so I thought. I was not shaken being just 1 of 2 Anglos within a 2 mile radius waiting for the subway in Harlem. Everyone kept their own space, no worries. But the bus ride from the subway stop, holy shit!

When standing waiting for any public transit vehicle you hide your money. You also learn early to close open windows while riding a city bus in NYC. I closed mine and the window directly across the aisle. Periodically bricks and rocks would ricochet off the sides or crash with a thud onto the roof. I had to marvel at Grace. She had been a resident since the mid-'20's and always maintained a non-plussed air of dignity no matter what. As we were approaching one stop I could make out a shape hiding within a drugstore alcove and could plainly see 2 punks waiting nearby on the sidewalk. As fine an orchestration of dance I'll ever see in Hell's Kitchen the intended victim raced for the entrance of the slow moving bus while those blinker doors opened on 1 side only. As his second shoe cleared the entry way the driver closed the blinker doors quickly. The bus never, ever stopped. Right behind the first kid were the 2 punks. They were denied entry. Much cursing and gesturing ensued. One punk kept pace with our bus because his arm was caught by the door and I guess he wanted to have it back. The driver accelerated, opened, closed the blinker door rapidly twice. As the 1 punk tripped and fell the other punk threw a knife which bounced off the closed door. Later on I asked the driver if this was typical in Hell's Kitchen. He informed me that low seniority drivers get the crap runs and this just happened to be 1 of them and yes, it's typical but worse at night.

This bus ride happened back in 1966. I've never ridden that route since.
Posted 6/17/12
Im with you, FUCK NEW YROK!
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Posted 6/17/12
I've been living in new york for my whole life and i dont see whats so special but i guess thats just an aspect i have since i lived here. I honestly cant understand how others felt when they come to visit and leave with a I heart NY t-shirt.
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Posted 6/17/12
Tokyo is filled with crime? Really? What part are you exactly talking about...it is nothing like it is in the US unless this has somehow escaped me over the years...
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