New York City is a place that thousands flock to throughout the year. It is a melting pot city, the home of all things Broadway, hosts one of the largest most prestigious marathons in the country, has history and memories on every street, and a beautifully lit iconic skyline at night. But it’s still a city. And no growing functioning city is beautiful, perfect, and some dream come true… Not once you get up close and personal with it- like in bed together up close and personal- that’s for sure.
Let’s preface this post with a big old heartfelt “I’m sorry”! Cause I am sorry if what I’m writing bursts anyone’s bubble, but it will come out sooner or later. I’m not sayin’ you should visit if it’s something you want to do… or that you shouldn’t move here if it’s the place you are supposed to be. All I’m saying here, is don’t come with pre-conceived fairy tale ideas of the city, cause you will most likely be disappointed.
What exactly am I talking about? A lot of the day to day things. The little things that only exist in this way in New York– that give this city a uniqueness, but that also get down right annoying at times.
Some examples? Sure why not…
The homeless taking up, stinking up, and yelling through the train cars.
Doggy doo along the sidewalks waiting for your unsuspecting shoe.
A great and diverse array of smells around every corner. Some you with you could enjoy always or get a bite of whatever it is that has gotten your attention, others that you wish to NEVER smell again.
Trash… basically everywhere. Along the sidewalks, often escaped from it’s bag. Blowing in the wind.
Train delays. You did everything right- got up on time, had everything ready, left your apartment with time to spare walking to the station, got on the train– so far so good, right?! You are moving right along from station to station until you feel the breaks bring the train to a screeching halt and your conductor come over saying there is “train traffic ahead of you”. And would you like to know why there is train traffic ahead? Most likely cause some dumb-ass won’t “stand clear of the closing doors” so they have to ding ding-ding ding several times before they finally close. And if someone has pulled the emergency break, or the track signals are malfunctioning, or goodness forbid someone has decided to jump on the tracks. Well, you can kiss being to work on time goodbye. (this is one I deal with on an almost daily basis… so it hits close to home).
Waiting in ridiculously long lines for just about everything you do- from going to a show (ok, there should be a legit line here), to grocery shopping… where most times I stand in a line longer then it took me to get the items I’m trying to buy!
Paying way to much for everything… like just the cost of living, and I’m not talking fun expenses.
You never really see this side of the city when you are getting VIP transportation in your tour bus, seeing everything from atop the Empire State Building, and only hitting up the manicured parts of town when you are on your feet on the street. Getting into the city, down and dirty with it… way uptown, on side streets, during all hours of the day and night. Thats when the real life side shows itself.
Of course, if I didn’t love some of that… or find that the beauty and opportunities far outweigh the frustrations I wouldn’t still be here. Maybe it’s not that bad.
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