You don’t bite the Apple, the Apple bites you.
Even though I’ve
finally started to appreciate and admire New York City during my last 4 days, I am still in no place to put my map and tourist hat down to mingle with the locals. Other than the occasional road rage in LA, I typically don’t spark arguments with strangers. Hm, if this is a norm I guess I’m still by far no where close to being a New Yorker.
I’ve realized that calling a large city like New York “yours” isn’t just a quick n’ easy flight and going on a 4-day touristy adventure. Even though I superficially feel that I’ve gotten used to New York, it feels very one-sided (similar to having a one-sided crush) and we still have a lot of getting used to to do.
Becoming a “New Yorker” isn’t just about knowing the best hole-in-the-wall eateries but being able to keep up with the fast-paced city. You snooze, you lose so you better stay alert if you’re still planning to chase those big New York dreams. It seems like New Yorkers have to adjust their life to avoid getting swallowed up by the city and I’ve noticed some truth in several New York stereotypes:
- It’s a cold attitude – New Yorkers don’t play games. They’re very direct and make it loud and clear when they’re upset
- Aggressive mentality – metros, streets, lines, etc. Wherever you are, you’re the boss and people oblige to your rules
- Avoid eye contact – don’t speak, don’t look, just go. But being from LA, I talked to a lot of people which I think made some New Yorkers uncomfortable
- I’m not getting out of YOUR way – you have to go around them
- I’m so much better than you – they look down on you
True, they don’t sound pleasant but there were a lot of great things about The Big Apple:
- The city NEVER sleeps – it’s like Vegas but you can’t carry drinks around with you (openly)
- There’s always something to do – one can never get bored in the city
- It’s easy to get around – you don’t have to rely on your car, traffic and finding parking to move around the city
- There are people everywhere – you meet new people constantly (not necessarily all friendly)
- Amazing food – there were so many restaurants that it made me want to extend my trip to try more foods
- Photo-op central – it’s really easy to get creative with your camera.
I never thought I’d say this, but farewell New York – I hope to see you soon!
What are your opinions on New York City?