There’s something a little bit masochistic about living in NYC. It’s a struggle, and yet we enjoy it. Here are the six things that New Yorkers love to hate about the city:
1. The subway
2. The weather
3. The cost of living
The more angry we are about our ridiculously high rent, the better we can cope with the fact that our apartments are shitty. But seriously, New York City always has been and always will be an expensive place to live. If you don’t like it, you can move to Jersey any time.
4. The crowds
New Yorkers are experts at being able to find places that are not that crowded, so when we do encounter crowds, especially when we’re not prepared for them, we tend to seethe with anger.
Our rage over crowds is amplified if the crowd is mostly made up of slow-walking tourists. They don’t understand how to cross the street or how to use the subway and you would think they’ve never seen a squirrel before.
6. The competition
Competition for jobs, for apartments, for taxis. We hate that it’s a struggle to get hired, but there’s also a greater sense of triumph when you know that you beat out the 200 other people who wanted that position.
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