55 of the Rudest Things Rude New Yorkers Do

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.

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Broadway Heir Accused of Pulling Hair

Theater people are just like us, prone to childish foibles and the occasional bad decision. For instance, take Eric Nederlander, of those Nederlanders, you know, the Broadway ones, and former husband of Jessica Seinfeld, nee Sklar. He was arrested at the apartment of his girlfriend, Nancy Okun, who has a "limited order of protection against him" -- making one wonder why he was at her apartment, and, in fact, why she is still his girlfriend -- after he allegedly pulled her hair while she was sleeping and accused her of cheating on him after looking at her cell phone.

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A List of Easily Achievable New Year's Resolutions

After midnight tonight, as you are finishing your seventh screwdriver and fishing your phone out of the toilet, you are expected to make a promise to yourself, a resolution. These often turn out to be hollow gestures; the unused gym membership, the Rosetta Stone disc gathering dust on your desk, the AA sponsor's corpse underneath your floorboards.

It doesn't have to be like this.

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Someone Apparently Shot a Window Out of a Cab on Avenue A Last Night

EV Grieve reports (with photos) that someone allegedly "blew out the window" of a cab last night at Avenue A near 14th Street. Per the tipster, Matt LES_Miserable, police were on the scene and the driver was "very shaken up" and said a passenger had shot out his window. The hows and whys are unclear, though it seems quite evident this is not how to persuade someone to take you to Brooklyn.

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Shoplifters Cannot Resist Axe Body Spray

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Steal more, get more (for free).
Today Adweek has a helpful and revealing list of the items people steal from retailers the most. Apparently, we're a criminal lot, with one in 11 people stealing something he or she didn't pay for -- and 70 percent of shoplifters (most of whom are adults who also have jobs) saying they didn't plan to steal. As for the items most stolen, some are obvious (electronic gadgets), some are cinematic (luxury meats), and some are...surprising. Axe body spray?

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Fake Blind Guy Attempts to Teach New Yorkers a Lesson

Here is a question for pondering this Tuesday: Who's the bigger jerk -- the guy who walks around New York City pretending to be blind as "joke" and, you know, to teach people not to point "directions" to blind people -- or the people who are attempting, perhaps mistakenly, to help the guy they think is blind?

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The Epic A to Z Guide of Expressions That Should Be Retired From the Internet (and IRL)

Oh. Hi.
There are times in the great big blogoverse in which we are faced with the fact that certain things we have been doing are somewhat or hugely annoying. Upon that discovery, we generally continue to do those things, but with a nagging feeling of guilt and self-doubt that only continues to grow in intensity until we can't stand it any longer and throw up our hands and shout, "Make it stop!" And then, we blame everyone else, because they made us do it.

In a similar vein, and because it's Monday, here is a hand-crafted artisanal guide of commonly used words and phrases that we can take no longer, whether online or outside the confines of an internet connection. Mostly we hate them because they are overused, lazy, cliched, boring, deplorably cutesy, or could be better put another way. Other times we hate them because, well, frankly, haters gonna hate. Read on, after the jump.

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Worst 'Cosmetologist' Ever Sealed Wounds With Krazy Glue and Paper Towels

So wrong.
Here is a story in contention for the most unpleasant WTF of the day. A New York City cosmetologist (although she was unlicensed, so it's hard to accurately call her that, even more so when you get to the Krazy Glue part) has been convicted of criminally negligent homicide for injecting silicone into the butt and thighs of Fiordaliza Pichardo and "then sealing her festering wounds with Bounty paper towels and Krazy Glue," reports the Daily News. Pichardo, who was 43, later died of cardiac arrest.

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42% of Accidental Subway Deaths Involve Booze

An ad from last year's NYC anti-binge drinking campaign.
As we've stated here before, and elsewhere as well, one of our greatest worries in New York City living is falling, or seeing someone fall, into the subway tracks and, following that, being hit by a train. We write about it happening far too often, and it seems an awful way to go -- in addition, it's inconvenient for everyone waiting for the train, not least, the poor person hit. So, how to avoid it? Today, the Daily News reports that a large percentage of people who fall into the tracks are, somewhat unsurprisingly, drunk. "The 60-year-old man who fell to the subway tracks in Brooklyn Tuesday had a good excuse," however, they write: "He was blind." (And apparently sober. He also, luckily, survived.)

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More Adult Men Are Living With Their Mommies and Daddies

98% of dogs still live at home with their parents.
Here is a reason to check upstairs when you're hanging out in the well-appointed basement pad of your new man friend. He might actually be living with his parents. According to a new Census Bureau study, nearly one in five men in their late 20s and early 30s -- late 20s and early 30s -- are living with their parents, a number that's risen from 14 to 19 percent in the past six years. Is this terrible? Do we judge them for doing so? Well, not completely. After all, the job market is tough, there's this whole lingering recession thing, and mom's macaroni and cheese really is the best. Nobody else makes it like that! (We draw the line at our man friends also wearing adult diapers, however. We're seriously putting our foot down.)

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