i will +1 this with vigor.
Reasons why New York Sucks - Page 30
There's two specific places where this happens often when I drive:
1. when you have to make a left turn onto Center Street from Canal St. (when going to the Williamsburg Bridge). The don't walk sign is on during a dedicated left hand light to let the people turning left go through quickly but people just rush on through anyway (in the middle of chinatown).
2. whenever you're driving across 6th 7th or broadway in the times square area and have to drive fast to avoid being stuck in the block there's always people fucking crossing the street blatantly jaywalking
the mother fuckers will get angry when you're speeding up to get across the street thinking you're trying to be an asshole by almost hitting them.
its one of the few times I'll lay onto the horn, to warn the tourists/idiots/ect. but sadly it has an almost opposite effect where they'll look up and become angry/indignant and have the "what are you going to do hit me?" face going.
Walking, like driving, in NY follows a simple rule: keep traffic moving. Once you slide into the rhythm it's quite easy to navigate. I love driving in NY.
Because SFs tend to drive with their heads in blinders (no doubt from the search for parking or clouded with smug) they tend to panic when something out of the ordinary happens. I've crossed the street diagonally against a red only to have three directions of traffic come screeching to halt as the drivers freeze on the spot, not sure what to make of me.
It's like Pleasantville: the traffic version.
a goody that i don't think has been mentioned (i got a good reminder last night on fourth ave) - nyc's tv/movie industry that is adds so much to city life in terms of culture, jobs & tax revenues. who cares if they take over a few blocks for a week? they will eventually nail that scene. these people make those highway construction crews look fast-paced, motivated & productive...
manhattan doesn't really get hit as hard as parts of queens/brooklyn with filming. any part of brooklyn/queens that looks like manhattan ends up being taken over by filming crews and screws up the street parking/sidewalks/quality of life of the actual residents.
There is a particular part of williamsburg and green point that flows into Queens (along driggs avenue area) that just gets overtaken by film crews from TV and movies for months out of the year. Its cool at first but sucks for the locals (especially when its crappy things like Ugly Betty or movies like Cop Out - where you can't even be proud what is filming in the area).
Movie scenes take up so much space with multiple 18 wheelers and trailers, miles of 3 inch thick cable, and 1000 union guys (who are usually hard at work and super sweaty/stanky) lurking around, not to mention all the lights, and extra prop cars needed. All this is crammed into the one lane- streets on residential blocks often.
I'm happy that they actually do film on location and the local government makes it easy and also profits simultaneously, but its a huge fucking hassle to the locals.