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Reasons why New York Sucks

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

  1. aravenel

    aravenel Senior member

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    Yeah, somewhere around there, usually a bit more. The gas/insurance helps, but it's definitely only an option if you're not going too far and don't do it too often. It's great for the Catskills or whatever. The MTA is such a clusterfuck. I will say, they did a great job getting it back up and running after Sandy. Going from completely flooded tunnels to back in operation in less than a week is pretty impressive. Other than that though... Just wow. Everytime I ride another city's subway, I am shocked at how shitty the NYC subways are.
     
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    The Lex line was a disaster zone yesterday. And all because some guy needed to take a shit. And he had to take it just before rush hour was to begin, and he had to take it at a station where the 4, 5, and 6 lines all pass through.
     
  3. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think the subways are pretty good honestly but it does compare unfavorably to a realy classy looking system like Hong Kong or Moscow. Amazing to me how Moscow, which is so run down in so many ways, maintains that gorgeous subway system
     
  4. gomestar

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    the NYC system is just old as shit. And they can't exactly afford major changes.

    We'll see what the 2nd ave line looks like when complete, maybe it'll be nice.
     
  5. aravenel

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    Yeah, I think this is a big part of it.

    Even though I gripe, I do have to admit that the subways here are very usable for the most part, and cover a tremendous amount of ground. I love being able to take the subway everywhere, not worry about a car, if I've been drinking , whatever.

    But it annoys me that we pay so, so much for it, and it is mismanaged, decrepit, and falling apart.
     
  6. LawrenceMD

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    the subway line to the JFK air train is :fu: . trying to travel with anything larger than a backpack is a hassle on those trains (which are full of commuters) towards the airTrain.


    its just not worth the potential of missing a flight.... I've twice almost missed flights because of trains disruptions at broadway junction. maaaaaybe coming home with a light bag the subway is barely tolerable, but its almost always a better choice to spend the money on a cab.
     
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  7. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yes, it is knid of a scandal that we cannot build a train to the airport. The heathrow-paddington line is terrific for example, as is the one in rome.
     
  8. gomestar

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    this. The convenience of door to terminal when one has luggage cannot be beat.
     
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    hong kong international airport even has the option to check in your luggage from their train's city stations. that's wicked awesome.
     
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    the convenience of the Roman one is nearly negated by the Italan sensibility in keeping to a schedule.
     
  11. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    you can do that in london too, at least know you can at Victoria station for Gatwick. Not sure about Paddington-Heathrow, at least, I have never done it.
     
  12. LawrenceMD

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    here's a reason why new york sucks..... (i've complained about this in other threads)... the city has almost become too dog friendly. don't get me wrong... i have a dog I love and and love that there are like 8 dog runs in a 5 mile radius of me in brooklyn.

    but... there is dog shit everywhere... since dogs are so prevalent there are a rising number of irresponsible dog owners (or worse those dog walkers with 10 dogs simultaneously on leash). its on the sidewalks, on the streets, its just everywhere.

    the worse is in parks. you can't really picnic with a blanket on the ground confidently anymore in most parks (even the nice ones like McGlorick in GreenPoint because there is fecal matter in trace amounts just strewn out everywhere. I remember when fall hit an there were all these nice piles of leaves for kids to play on, but they remained untouched because dogs had already pissed and shat in the area.
     
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    Contrast that withthe Dc metro which is spotless, safe and on time but barely goes anywhere
     
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    Yes, now this is insane. We live in ostensibly the world's greatest city, and yet you cannot sensibly get to the airport via public transit. And when you do get there, those airports are practically a third world country.

    :fu:
     
  15. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    red line = safe.

    orange line = mostly safe

    yellow = occasionally unsafe

    green line = frequently unsafe
     
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    How European. This is something to brag about. Something that elevates you over non-shit infested middle American cities.
     
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    :lol:
     
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    :lol:

    one night last december I was approached by a large black woman walking her huge assed german shepherd while I walking my dog. when i saw she had a fucking gun holstered by her large bossom inside her jacket I thought it was going to be a :( :fu: pre -xmas mugging for me.



    it turned out she was undercover NYPD and there was a NYPD/NYSD "crack down" on irresponsible dog owners not picking up their dog's shit. I was happy at the time they were taking action... but since then the area's been re-coated with feces in levels even worse than before. I guess it was an easy way to make quotas handing out $500 citations.
     
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    I rarely see poo on my street, which is comforting since I almost always see a dog being walked on it (I observed this recently as I was trying to avoid other dogs as the one I was walking had to wear a cone all week).
     
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    The streets in my neighborhood are coated with it. You have to really pay attention when you are walking to avoid stepping in it.
     

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