50 Reasons to Be Pretty Damn Euphoric You Live in New York City

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Sometimes life seems hard here -- the crowds, the expense, the 24-hour-living-and-working lifestyle...But then there are days, like yesterday, when we're ever so glad we live in New York City. Like when much of the rest of the nation goes a reddish color of Tea Party, and we stick to coffee and stay (largely) blue. Like when Andrew Cuomo wins against Carl Paladino. And like when the Aeropostale at Times Square institutes an "AERO Dance Cam" to keep the young folks away from the East Village on weekends and allow us to mock them via the Internet...

As R.L. Stine put it last night,

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Amen. Here are 50 other reasons to be blissfully happy that you live in New York City today -- and every day -- that you live here. May it be a very long time. Unless you want to leave, in which case, get the fuck out, and can we have your apartment?

50. Sending your laundry out for someone else to wash and dry it is not only convenient, it's just good business. Especially since you will probably never own a washer and dryer. Which means you never have to feel guilty about not doing your own laundry. Next.

49. Drinking coffee four times a day, every day, isn't the exception, it's the rule.

48. The secret Chick Fil-A at the NYU dining hall.

47. There is always someone crazier than you. ALWAYS.

46. The view from the Brooklyn Bridge.

45. The view of the Brooklyn Bridge.

44. The epic feeling you get running to catch a train and succeeding...just before the doors close.

43. Bored to Death. 30 Rock. SNL. And a million other things that film here and we love. RIP Law and Order.

42. Manhattan-Brooklyn/Brooklyn-Manhattan wars never cease to entertain. Nor do hipster-Hasid wars. Or hipsters in general.

41. We get the inside jokes. Because, actually, we made them up in the first place.

40. That horrified look on our parents' friends' faces when we tell them we live in "Hell's Kitchen."

39. Sure, we work out next to Alec Baldwin, Padma Lakshmi, and Bridget Moynahan, and walk the streets with Willem Dafoe, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Tina Fey, but, really, we're kinda too busy with our own lives to notice.

38. Drinking is like breathing. Or slightly more acceptable.

37. Because it's not enough to just love New York. New York needs to love you back, too. Hey, we have high standards.

36. Whatever you need, whenever you need it, there is someone who will bring it to you for a price, which may or may not be negotiable. (Or legal.)

35. By the time the rest of the nation has bedbugs, we'll have figured out how to get rid of them. In the meantime, we'll mock them by dressing our dogs up as bedbugs for Halloween. Laugh in the face of fear, New Yorker!

34. There are almost 200 bars in the East Village alone.

33. There's no shortage of stupid rich people to make fun of.

32. The endless delights of the New York Post.

31. You don't even need a passport, or a license, to partake in goat-eyeball tacos.

30. The fact that one-bedroom apartments cost an average minimum of a half-million dollars means we think nothing of spending $12 on lunch.

29. Restaurants are as common as single men and women. And equally diverse. And you never have to see either of them again after the initial awkward encounter.

28. The omnipresent opportunity to Gaga-ify yourself. And the chance that it will seem, just, normal.

27. Runnin' Scared lives here! (And so does the Village Voice.)

26. Smart people are the norm, not the exception. (Which doesn't mean they're sane, but at least no one's boring.)

25. Except in select 'hoods like Park Slope and perhaps the Upper West Side, children are viewed as mysterious beings, rarely sighted and only occasionally understood, like pixies or magical small butlers. Until they scream, in which case, they are banished from the palace.

Update Our response to the NYC haters.


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brendalizortiz
brendalizortiz

47-44 my leg still hurt-41-39-38-36-33 at least in my line of work-30-28-26-25-24-23-11-8-7 one of my favorites-4-2 remember @Edward? and of course #1

Daniel G Herbst
Daniel G Herbst

They are owned by a privileged 1%er,why should they complain?

Michael Quinones
Michael Quinones

I see. It's a real wonder why the Voice rarely attacks him as they did Guiliani. I'm guessing they got brainwashed too.

Greta von Otto
Greta von Otto

And one big reason to cut your throat: De Blasio!

Michael Quinones
Michael Quinones

Smart people are the norm? How do you explain the Bloomberg years?

Tea Gjini
Tea Gjini

I have one, 30 degrees on March 21st. Hahaha...NO

Suckers
Suckers

50 Reasons I'm Blissfully Happy I finally moved from NYC to LA:

50. I have a washer/dryer in my house so I can do laundry anytime, for free, and have my clothes ready to wear within an hour without paying for it or depending on anyone else. 49. I drink my first cup of coffee in my garden every morning 48. We have Chick-fil-A drive-throughs everywhere.  47. Crazy people no longer piss on my window, shit in my foyer, or hang out on my stoop 46. The view from the Griffith Observatory or the cliffs in Malibu. Actually the view from my living room is pretty epic as well. 45. Sitting next to the ocean 44. The epic feeling I get being in the climate controlled comfort of my own car, with my favorite song turned up and in complete control of where I am going. No strangers clipping toenails next to me or peeing in my seat. Yay! 43. Dexter, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and a million other things that film here and we love.  42. East-side/West-side wars never cease to entertain.  41. Inside jokes? Who has time for that or cares? I’m busy relaxing at the beach 40. That horrified look on our parents' friends' faces when we tell them we live in "Hollywood" 39. Not even gonna touch this NYC name-dropping bullshit. We’ve got that more than covered in LA, and ps you won’t be working out next to Alec Baldwin anymore because he hates you. 38. People around the world drink, you’re not special. Get over it 37. If New York loved you so much it wouldn’t be charging you $2000 for a studio. 36. If I need something in LA I could get it delivered but I’d probably be more apt to get off my fat ass and go get some fresh air and get it myself 35. Let me get this straight, you’re ecstatic about living in New York because someday you hope to rid yourself of bed bugs? Sounds awesome. 34. There are 989 bars in Los Angeles but whatever. Watching the sunset with a tecate on my porch is my favorite place to drink. 33. There's no shortage ofcute hidden culture-rich corners of the city to explore 32. The endless delights of Curbed LA 31. You don't even need a passport or a license to partake in $1.00 street tacos on almost every corner. 30. I grow my own lemons, avocados, oranges, tomatoes, peppers, cilantro, basil, rosemary, and other delights in my garden so a quick organic lunch is free and effortless 29. I no longer have to wait 3 hours to get into a restaurant or plan my entire night around what time I put my name in, but even better is that I hardly need to eat out because grocery shopping is so much more cheap and convenient here. 28. If you want to walk around looking like a freak you can do it anywhere, its not the 80s and this isn’t exclusive to NYC. 27. Huh? 26. Sorry but pretentious and self-absorbed does not equal smart. 25. Children and babies in bars have completely taken over NYC. You’re probably too busy talking about how smart you are or laughing at your own “inside” jokes to notice that baby being changed on the bar right next to you or the section reserved at your favorite bar for someone’s baby shower. Here in LA people with babies are tucked safely into their houses and yards. I have yet to see any babies at bars or weird alien-strollers covered in a plastic bubble. 24. It’s super cool getting off a plane and hitting up the space-age themed Encounter Restaurant at LAX or the beach a few miles up the street 23. Check-out clerks at grocery stores and drug stores smile at me and ask how my day is 22. I’m relieved it is not considered normal here to eat chinese food and donuts and continue drinking at 4am. College was fun, right?! 21. Estates, museums, tours, beaches, hikes, scenic drives, wineries, all at my fingertips! 20. Its so nice to no longer wake up to people honking and screaming. Thats not a pleasant way to start the day. 19. “There's no shame in sticking your fingers in your ears like an anal weirdo when an ambulance goes by screeching.” Wow. That makes you euphoric about NYC? Bit of a stretch. I mean, there are ambulances literally everywhere. 18. Free twilight concerts on the Santa Monica Pier. 17. A respect for a life well lived, meaning I now only work 40 hours a week (not 60 like in NYC) and have plenty of spare time to spend as I choose. 16. Miles and miles and miles of easily accessible pet-friendly trails 15. The splendor of any of our dozens of year-round outdoor flea markets and farmers markets. Take your pick. 14. In-N-Out. 13. Spend a day at any one of our dozens of beaches for free, year-round! 12. I’m sort of sad that your 12th most exciting reason for being euphoric about NYC is an old urinal, but for the sake of comparison you should know LA has an entire toilet-themed restaurant. 11. LA actually has a decent subway system should you choose to take it - it’s only $1.50. 10. We’re too busy jogging and hiking and doing pilates and BBQ’ing in our yards to be filled with rage. The sun is out almost every day and life is pretty happy here. 9. Free parking abound! 8. Spending a day exploring Joshua Tree or Palm Springs 7. Knowing when to drive and all of the back-routes so that you never get stuck in traffic 6. I have 1,000 square feet of private outdoor space containing fruit and vegetable trees and gardens. I very much enjoy being alone outdoors and listening to birds sing. 5. We have legal weed. 4. We look younger because our stress levels are lower, our quality of life is higher, and we get plenty of sleep and vitamin D. If all else fails, we have great plastic surgeons. 3. There are so many fun local haunts in every neighborhood that only that neighborhood knows about, exploration options are limitless 2. Uber and Lyft are 1,000x better and cheaper than some gross expensive cab or livery car any day 1. If you can make it in New York you really can make it anywhere, which is why I got the fuck out of there and went somewhere where I can actually have a quality of life that doesn’t include working non-stop to pay sky high-rent for a moldy apartment and dealing with constant shitty weather. 

Claudia Zbrzeski
Claudia Zbrzeski

number 13 russian and turkish baths.. hahahah Halina Shatravka

Halina Shatravka
Halina Shatravka

Claudia Zbrzeski instead of chik fil a, fordham panda express kk

Michael Zvirblis
Michael Zvirblis

The only people that can afford NYC are the rich & the tourists.

Trent Steel
Trent Steel

24 hour living and working?? That's BS. NY is a sleepy city where everything closes early. Go visit Miami to see a 24 hour live/work schedule.

Damian Anthony
Damian Anthony

Courtney Riley, Jay Beauchamps and Alejandro Alvarez

Lenine Romulus
Lenine Romulus

lol. rent too dam high.... I like what you wrote here " Unless you want to leave, in which case, get the fuck out, and can we have your apartment?" lmao.

Matt Kanter
Matt Kanter

Live here the past month and well see how euphoric you'd be

Rebecca Brauner Weel
Rebecca Brauner Weel

Thoroughly enjoyed this, though I do live in the land of pixie people. (#25). :-)

Lauren Kanter Billington
Lauren Kanter Billington

Jovanna Billington Rebecca Brauner Weel Katy Conrad Matt Kanter Jared Kanter Jaclyn Baker

Lauren Elizabeth
Lauren Elizabeth

I've been an NYC resident for 12 years...I still smile every morning that my commute to work involves a stroll through Central Park. No city can match our energy!

Diane Virga
Diane Virga

This article written by person 2 young 2 know NYC is shit, not "the shit", and there is no way you can sugar coat it....nice try though.

David Ngo
David Ngo

I've used the 100 year old urinal, uggh. It's not a reason to be euphoric about living in NYC.

Laney Bizzle
Laney Bizzle

I think it's hilarious that anyone needs these lists to help them realize NY is the shit.

Scott Zager
Scott Zager

Lots of great stuff to do in NYC music is one one of my favorite NYC stuff to do.

lollerskates
lollerskates

spa castle is not in flushing, it's in college point.


heymanguesswhat
heymanguesswhat

It's funny from an outsider's  perspective. I don't live in the USA and have no desire to.

I have met many americans (maybe 50) and have stayed friends with 2 of them.

I remember living with one Nyorker in LA when I was doing some study and he was a total tosser. Always going on about how awesome crazy people are and he was always yelling at car drivers and had this abusive relationship with a dumb girl and he was basically a meathead. The rest of us were chilln, even the LA guys, and taking it easy and this flippn Nyorker gets his undies in a twist about everything.

Then I met this other Nyorker in Paris when I was studing French and I had to hang out with him a bit as I didn't know anyone over there. He was exactly the same. Studying to be a doctor or something. Always uptight. Always drinking til 4 in the morning. Defending gun laws..haha... he never got laid and was abusive to girls. Everyone else I met was cool and interesting but this Nyorker was always walking out of the subway with me and there would be some busker there and he would complain about how in NYC the buskers were crazy and people would be all yelling and there would be crazy people everywhere on the streets and it was so good.

I just said to him. ok man i've had enough. you're a dickhead. It is not cool to always have crazy people in your face. calm the hell down and just chill and learn something. ditched that idiot and hung out with other peolple. such a relief.

so...yeah...... nyc = I need to be entertained every second of my life because natural beauty doesn't interest me.

whatever nyc. hollywood made you look like a super model but you are just a crack whore slut.

GoldmanBallSachs
GoldmanBallSachs

I graduated from a prestigious school and have a prestigious job; I'm not a native, but I have to live in Manhattan.  Fuck these New Yorkers who think they are so much smarter than everyone else.  People who aren't from New York needn't be confused and think everyone here is a genius; it has its fair share of dunderheads (like the author of this idiotic article).  Newsflash: just because you live where people are making money doesn't mean you should feel any more successful in your job as an "account executive."

saricito
saricito

I was 18 when I moved to the US. I was lonely, and for absolutely no reason I decided that I want to move to NYC. I cannot remember what triggered that feeling. Was it "Breakfast at Tiffanys" which I had watched parts of before moving to the US? Was it the desire to escape the big city I was living into my own notion of a big city? I purchased my first ticket on priceline for 150 bucks (Texas to NYC), turned out that I land at around 10 PM at some distant town. I still managed to find the last bus heading to NYC at 11 PM. I remember, and the feeling has never escaped me since, reading the sign "New York City" while on the bus. I had the most intense butterfly feeling in my stomach. I spent exactly 8 days, and 800 bucks before going back to Texas and for years to come felt guilty about spending my brother's "fortune". I went back with my Boyfriend on my secret break-up mission years later. I am 28 now, I don't think the feeling on wanting to ultimately move to my favorite city in the world ever escaped me. I know I will very soon.

urbanaccentsnewyork
urbanaccentsnewyork

How many cities can you walk into a corner deli or store and Muhammed offers you real prescription Viagra for $15 a pill and actually pulls it out of a pharmacy bottle containing over 100 pills. and also will sell you hashish and weed by the dime?  Also the drug dealers actually have business cards and will deliver just as fast as Dominos,.... and on a bike (no joke). 

 

Where can you find a city where Chinese food delivery men have electric bikes and the poor Mexicans guys are still pedaling?

 

Where can you find a city where you can actually walk from car to car on the subway while in motion and come up with the same BS story of how you need just $10 dollars to stay in the shelter, when really your just $10 away from smoking your next hit of rock?

 

And Where can you find a city where cab drivers are evenly matched with professional Nascar drivers.

 

Where can you find a city that even during the worst blizzard of over 2ft of snow, you can still find 20 bars open within short walking distance as well as the Diner.  Always Open just like the US Postal Service, rain, sleet, snow....but not Sundays, and holidays. 

 

  Ever go to a diner on Thanksgiving in NYC?  I swear its like a psychiatric ward escaped along with every loner whose family don't want them.  Really sad but interesting to observe.

 

Please share your own interesting observations,,, I'd love to hear them

JWTCT
JWTCT

@GoldmanBallSachs

 I lived in New York for over 5 years and have recently moved back to the West Coast for graduate school. When I lived in New York, I did not think living in New York was such a great deal. I agree that there are many, MANY, stupid people living in New York. I especially hate those who are living in the rent-controlled apartments. Let's be honest; the people who keep New York going are those who are NOT from New York. I am fine with working 12 or 14 hours every day, and half of my paycheck goes to the government. I am not fine when I also have to deal with rude or lazy people who take advantages of the public welfare systems. Oh btw, I am a democratic.  

sanshaye
sanshaye

@urbanaccentsnewyork This is the best and most realistic assessment of NYC living I've ever read.  Absolutely Outstanding.

mybirdisgreen
mybirdisgreen

@urbanaccentsnewyork  haha well Im from Chicago but I can definitely relate to that one on the trains. That stuff happens all the time on the CTA lol 

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