The city has a lot of new things that we love, but sometimes you can’t help but get nostalgic for what we used to have. Here are seven things that New Yorkers really miss:
1. Cash Cab
The odds you actually got picked up by Cash Cab were always pretty remote, but while the show was running, there was still that glimmer of hope. Now you’ll never get the chance.
2. Chuck the Groundhog
Poor Chuck. He met an untimely fate. It’s unclear whether Mayor De Blasio dropping the groundhog directly led to his death one week later, but the Staten Island zoo has said the Groundhog Day tradition will probably be altered so that the mayor doesn’t actually hold the groundhog anymore.
3. Subway dancers
The NYPD has started cracking down on subway dancing in the past couple of years. So you rarely ever see breakdancers doing headspins on cards and swinging around poles anymore. Such a shame. No one ever got hurt, right?
4. Low (or lower) MTA fares
They keep going up because…why? Elaborate subway stations like Fulton Street?
5. Cheap(er) housing in Brooklyn
Brooklyn is becoming a conventional, coveted kind of “cool.” You can still find affordable housing, but it’s moving farther east and the commute is getting longer. Some areas of Brooklyn are actually more expensive than some areas of Manhattan are now. Way to kill the fun, guys.
6. Locally owned restaurants
It’s not that you can’t find them anymore, but the city has gotten more commercialized/corporatized. You don’t necessarily mind that there’s a Chipotle every 3 blocks, but sometimes you want food made by people who live above the restaurant, and that doesn’t look like it came off a fast-food assembly line.
7. The old skyline
The New York skyline will always be iconic no matter its shape, but every New Yorker gets emotional when they look at a picture of the twin towers. It’s a wound that will always be healing.
What do you miss most about NYC? Tell us in the comments!
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