Nobody’s perfect, and certainly neither is New York City. The city’s ability to provide us with just about every opportunity imaginable is not enough to save it from giving residents and visitors a reason to complain.
Not even the most talented running back in the NFL could make it down a New York City avenue without getting shouldered by someone walking from the other direction. It’s no secret to anyone that New York is overcrowded. Take public transit and you will be lucky to have a seat, even luckier to not have someone sitting on you.
A crowd is really just an extra-long never-ending line. Nobody likes waiting in a line packed in by strangers and this is pretty much what you will constantly experience walking in Midtown.
Part of the crowd problem is because of the tourists walking around gawking at anything shiny they see. A closed Old Navy can get a traveler to stop and snap a picture.
Other than their sheer number, tourists are a problem because of how they walk. Inconsiderate to those around them, the tourist likes to move slowly and in a phalanx formation almost as if they are a Human Centipede unable to move as individual objects. The average tourist takes up an extra 25% of their actual body size, thanks in part to the H&M bag in their right hand on the one from the M&M Store in their left.
As part of the plan to make New York healthier, meaning the crowds will grow due to life expectancy rising, the city has become plagued with rental bikes. Once a shady city overrun with rodents is now covered with CitiBikes, a larger rodent now with two spinning wheels instead of one.
The same way you should never blame a bad dog, you should not blame the bike. The real problem comes from the people riding the bike. These bikers make Lance Armstrong look like a good person. They often feel they own the road. The only thing they own are the varicose veins in their calves.
It will never matter who is in office, the New York City Mayor will be a problem. From Michael Bloomberg’s banning sugary drinks, to Rudolph Giuliani holding a press conference about his divorce, to whatever Ed Koch did in his time to turn the city into the familiar bitter people we fear, the mayor will always be the heel authority figure in the city.
Cost of Living and Taxes
Buy a sandwich in New York City and expect an overdraft fee from your bank mailed to you the next day. A nearly 9% sales tax adds to already overpriced goods.
Living in New York has become impossible for a lot of people, unless they are willing to live in a one bedroom apartment with four strangers and all of the personal baggage that comes with them. Even the potato chip bags in New York have less air in them as the space is rented out to a starving artist.
New York City is a great place for the creative mind to flourish. Artists from Neil Young down to the guy that works at the local Duane Reade who has been doing stand-up comedy at open mics once a week for eight years fill up the apartments in the city looking to further their career.
In a Renaissance Era this is great, especially for those with actual talent. When eventually everyone you meet is an aspiring author, musician, or a film student regretful of their major, you have to wonder if art is worth dying penniless.
Times Square Commercialism
Everything about Times Square has become rather sickening. In the 1970s this was a place someone not used to accidentally stepping on stray needles would ever venture. Adult theaters were there instead of what are now tourist traps. Endless are the reasons to hate Times Square. No study has ever been done, however I believe the advertisements in this area are responsible for nearly all fatal seizures in America.
No longer is this a place that represents a part of New York. Times Square is now a representation of everything wrong with America. From the overpriced tickets sold on the streets to the chain food restaurants on each corner, Times Square has become an interrupting commercial in our lives.
Lack of Places to Sit
You would think a place like New York would have an abundance of benches. Spend the day walking around and then try to find a place to sit. Away from the tables along Broadway you will be lucky to find a spot to rest your bones other than the dirty ground with a questionable stain on it.
Practice your squatting techniques before planning a day walking around New York. Also practice not looking too disheveled because squatting in public in Manhattan will probably give people the impression you are about to eliminate.
Lack of Restrooms
The same way with lack of seating, you will spend much of your trip in New York stopping in for a bite at a restaurant only to use the restroom. There are very few places anyone can stop for a quick pee break. Penn Station, the M&M Store’s top floor, and any bar you want to lie by saying you will buy a drink after. Unfortunately this sets up for a dash out the door.
In the summer New York City has a very distinctive foul smell. You can partially blame this on how there are few readily available restrooms.