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Reasons why New York Sucks

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Manton, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    why would you have to go downtown on a weekend or a night? (srs question) Lots of great restaurants downtown, yes, but then you can't have anything to drink if you're driving.





    one of the great things about NYC is you can eat to oblivion and drink yourself silly, and then to get home you just have to walk out the door and raise your hand in the air.
     
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  2. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    Teetotaler wife so can drink myself senseless.
    UES side is a wasteland.
    UWS is a nightmare.
    See no point to midtown for food.
    Leaving 23rd on down.

    If I want to go for dimsum on a Sunday, I'd be looking at a pain-in-the-ass subway trip. In the car it's a 30 minute cruise with the windows open taking in the splendour of the lovely East River.

    Unless the UN is in town, of course.

    lefty
     


  3. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Why live so far away from things you like?
     


  4. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    downtown housing prices. though I did almost move to Sullivan and Bleecker. that would have been awesome.
     


  5. poorsod

    poorsod Senior member

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    I don't know how driving downtown is any better on the weekends. I went out to the LES this past weekend and the traffic on Bowery was a mess. Even worse than usual with the San Gennaro festival. Was cabbing it back and forth because of the rain.
     


  6. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    a few years ago, i made the mistake of turning onto Mulberry while San Gennaro was happening. whoops.
     


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    lefty Senior member

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    You have to know the routes and the shortcuts, have a B and C plan, and avoid any festivals. A sense of humour helps as well. But more often than not driving beats the subway for me.

    lefty
     


  8. gomestar

    gomestar Super Yelper

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    i'll typically take a train to a destination, then a late cab back.


    i've even ventured onto the 1 train while donning a tuxedo.
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yeah, I always tell myself when I go out to suck it up and take the train home. 99% of the time that never happens and I blow $25 on a cab ride home.
     


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    How much do you guys blow on a typical night out, including cabs?
     


  12. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    If I take a cab five times in a year, I have failed.
     


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    there is no answer here. I've had $50 nights out and $500 nights out.
     


  14. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    You guys need to get jobs where you work you so late so often that ordering a car or getting a cab is typical and nobody will notice a few extra rides on the weekends.

    Duh.
     


  15. LawrenceMD

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    Haters.... driving in early morning/night/weekends in NYC is wicked awesome. It just sucks to pay for a garage/parking spot, even worse if you try to street park everyday. But actual driving around NYC is pretty easy (especially compared to other cities like boston, LA, San francisco). I did drive around a bit in Chicago and Chicago is actually pretty easy to drive around in (even in heavy downtown areas you can turn right on red).

    and especially:

    - when it rains
    - when you're going somewhere in formal attire
    - with kids/dogs/elderly parents/clueless friends

    when I have friends visiting NYC for the 1st time I usually take a two pronged approach where we'll all drive around the city, but still park 3-5 blocks away (usually where I know theres free/long duration meter parking) so they can still walk around/experience the walking aspect of the city.

    example: there is ample/easy 3 hour metered parking in the blocks near the MoMa (after Park or 8th Ave) - sometimes there's even street parking right in the front of MoMa.

    or if I'm going to a yankees game its very easy to find parking the subway stop before the stadium in the bronx. Citi Field is easy too (there's plentiful parking in corona park and its a nice walk to the stadium through the park).

    ^it beats having to sit in a subway for long periods of time.
     
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