55 of the Rudest Things Rude New Yorkers Do

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Travel + Leisure Magazine has once again declared New Yorkers the rudest of all the rude peoples of America. Congrats New Yorkers. You know what they say...any publicity is good publicity, and if you can be rude here, you can be rude anywhere! According to our pals at T+L, which based the rankings on input from their esteemed readers, "The Big Apple reclaims its heavyweight title in hostility, a dubious honor it last held in 2009 -- and a reputation it has had for much longer ("You talkin' to me?"). Besides its fast pace, New York City is also No. 1 for diversity. As a result, you might encounter unfamiliar mannerisms that aren't meant to be mean but come across that way. Deep down, voters probably love New York for its flamboyant, bird-flipping spirit. After all, it's also the No. 1 city for great theater." But what does that MEAN? And what rude things do we do? We've compiled a list of 55, but, please, feel free to add your own. To assume there are limits to our rudeness would be rude.

55. Use a plus sign instead of spelling out the "and" in the title of your famous New York-based travel magazine that declares entire cities of people rude.

54. Take someone else's umbrella from the umbrella bucket WHEN IT'S RAINING. Leaving that broken-ass one that you bought off the street does not absolve you of this sin.

53. Fail to have your Metrocard/cash or credit card at the ready in the 10-person line of people waiting to swipe their Metrocards/buy something.

52. Insist on ordering your bagels with the bagel-part scooped out. Go buy a fucking cracker.

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51. Break up with someone on a Post-It note using writing that resembles that of a psychopath. Neatness counts!

50. Kill squirrels and pigeons.

49. Feed squirrels and pigeons.

48. Tell everyone you don't own a television and instead just watch "important things" on Hulu all day. Be smug about this.

47. Have loud sex in your apartment so as to be overheard by your neighbors.

46. Move furniture in your apartment late at night so as to be overheard by your neighbors.

45. Create more rude New Yorkers.

44. Make people who have kids feel bad. Cuz they might CRY.

43. Make gender normative statements about a child's hat.

42. Never call, text, IM, BBM, gchat, Skype, Facebook, or DM again after the first date.

41. Call, et al, after the first date, repeatedly, until the recipient of your madness must a) confront you directly or b) take out a restraining order. Then Facebook friend 'em!

40. Give someone bed bugs.

39. Smoke really fragrant weed without offering the neighbors any.

38. Push your way into the subway car without letting others out first.

37. Cling to the subway pole with your buttocks, back, entire body, or peanut-butter-and-jelly- or influenza-sticky hands.

36. Let your dog defecate on the streets (and fail to pick it up).

35. Pee outside.This is particularly rude near churches, doorsteps, and humans, unless requested explicitly.

34. Tip poorly.

33. Publicly shame your noob out-of-town relatives for tipping poorly and for anything else said noobs get up to. They can't help it.

32. Fail to wash your hands after using the bathroom. Be really into shaking people's hands.

31. Accept rounds purchased by others but never offer to pay for one yourself.

30. Shout loud things that nobody wants to hear and are not even remotely helpful or pleasant in public and/or private places while also taking your pants off.

29. Allow your cell phone to ring at the Philharmonic. Chosen ringtone: Marimba.

28. Walk around with your clothing falling off, revealing certain fleshy parts that no one is interested in viewing.

27. Sing in public, badly. Also, listen to your terribly curated music so loudly that everyone else can hear it, even though you have terrible taste in music and you're not all that great at curating, either.

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26. Walk improperly. This includes oblivious, overt texting while walking as well as spitting. Don't spit. Don't "store" your used gum on the ground either. That karma will find you when you least expect it.

25. Be a cabbie; refuse to go to Brooklyn.

24. Be a cab passenger; vomit in cabs.

23. Sneak into a second movie after you've only paid for the first. Actually, nevermind. This is not rude, this is good business sense.


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27 comments
Robert Dean
Robert Dean

2(B). Think that they are smarter than everyone else, particularly those who happen to live in the South and might talk a little more slowly than they do. I used to conduct some business by phone regularly with New York businesses, and I can't tell you how many times someone interrupted me to ask for the very information I was about to relay. (I did notice a bit of improvement in this after 9/11.)

Brian Perfect
Brian Perfect

56 date the best looking babe in the building just to watch the anthropology of your neighbors come out.

Michael Quinones
Michael Quinones

How about coughing on people, walking while texting, reckless drivers, people who don't say thank you when holding the door for them, people who hold up the trains by holding the doors?

amytozer
amytozer

I have visited New York a couple times and the last time a New Yorker openly made fun of me on the subway for wearing running shoes Is that normal?

Jennifer Timm
Jennifer Timm

Even as a native New Yorker who's been riding the subway my whole life, number 38 never ceases to be incredibly annoying.

Strand
Strand

New yorkers and suburbs jersey as....les

Strand
Strand

New yorkers and suburbs jersey assholes

untamed2000
untamed2000

Im a New Yorker and we can be rude but not this rude. I don't know how New Yorker's got the somewhat bad reputation.

Angel
Angel

How about shouting to make a point or just plain shouting as a way of having a normal conversation?! Seriously, you don't need to shout. The majority of people are not deaf. Or how New Yorkers are the most judgmental people ever! You can't judge a book by its cover. You really need to get to know the person before talking smack about him/her. 

Nick
Nick

Oh, man I've been a victim of some of these, haha!  I'm also guilty of a few...oops. 

Ohamkrw
Ohamkrw

I think #9 is beyond rude.

Cliff Chesley
Cliff Chesley

We can be far ruder than New Yorkers! Fly your ass right up in this B#t#h!

Guest
Guest

this is so stupid.

Marilynsabia
Marilynsabia

I've done quite a few of these things and I don't think they're rude! Just part of living in NY! People need to get over it! Really! But if we are #1 in being Rude, I say wear it with pride,after all we are #1 in it!!!

Witchbiyach
Witchbiyach

"Think you are better than other people because you are a New Yorker. " I think every non-new yorker can identify with this one. But you forgot to include "thinking turning a blind eye is cool and expected of you if you want to be a real New Yorker."

Eva B.
Eva B.

Ha ha.  Great list!  And yeah, I'm guilty of  #2.  I brag about being from the greatest city in the world ALL THE TIME.  It's required! ;)Hate people who do 20, 22, 26, 53, 36 and 35.  Get some manners, you Aholes! ;)

Anon
Anon

This piece is lame. 

alisa.ushakova
alisa.ushakova

@amytozer  No actually that's very weird, wearing sneakers in New York is a normal as sliced bread. That person that made fun of you has major issues. :(

johhnboy0006
johhnboy0006

@untamed2000 I don't know, was thinking of a job xfer to florida but to many ny'ers and Nj's people there. For some reason you guys think the world evolves around you. Loud and no manners. No thanks. No florida move for me, I will stay where neighbor helps neighbor and people wave and hold doors open for women and kids.

fernandezariadna601
fernandezariadna601

Lmaooooo ny is and always will be the rudest . Don't be mad cause u don't live there . Ny pride nigger. So why don't you fly ur ass over here and get a taste of our medicine

fernandezariadna601
fernandezariadna601

Like u can't even curse . Ur ass be usin those money signs and shit like omg ur sooooo bad all u can do is; $!#*$$@**+ like really bitch nah if u come to ny and say all ur shit then people will fuck ur ass up .

courtneyyocum
courtneyyocum

@Marilynsabia Well in that case we officially know you're from New York.

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