THE BEST OF
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After a long week, it’s Friday at last. In this “The Best Of” post, I go head to head with friend and former TNYL contributor, Suzie Dundas. Sadly, Suzie left New York City not long after we wrote this post together. (Come back! We miss you!) She gave the city a good shot, but discovered that life in the apple was not for her.
Let’s face it –– living in this town, we have our share of crap to deal with. And certain days are tougher than others; the bad days can be pretty bad. (You lost your Metrocard. The subway isn’t running. You just missed the bus. You stepped in a puddle and soaked your new pair of pumps. The coffee line is too long, but you desperately need caffeine for that morning meeting. And, you’re late. All of this before 9 a.m., and you haven’t gotten to the office yet!)
But in New York –– bad days aside –– the good days are the BEST you’ll experience anywhere.
That being said, I attempt to see the positive in the worst aspects about life in NYC. Otherwise, as much as I love it, I couldn’t live here, and I’d be back on that Bieber bus.
Enjoy this read as we head into the weekend. Anyone who’s ever lived in New York will relate to every one of these Cardinal Sins.
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Debating New York’s 7 Cardinal Sins
Life in New York City isn’t for everyone. Many try it with high hopes, but arrive and quickly realize it’s nothing like they had expected. Others come to NYC on a whim, fall in love and stay for life. There isn’t any specific ‘New York type’ or a way to predict anyone’s outcome or future here. Sometimes the least likely will flourish in the ‘City That Never Sleeps,’ and those expected to succeed, last only a short time.
Suzie Dundas has been living in New York for about six months, and though she loves cities, she’s not loving New York in the way that she should. In fact, it seems the longer she lives here, the less she likes it. Should she give it more time? Try living in a different neighborhood? Or maybe, New York isn’t for her.
Tracy Kaler has been living in New York for about six years, but despite its challenges, she’s loved the city since stepping off a Bieber bus in 1979.
|Life in New York isn’t for everyone.|
Suzie has created a list of New York’s weaknesses –– those things she hates and has discovered only since moving here. She feels the sooner she can accept these, the sooner she will learn to accept the city and embrace the lifestyle. Tracy’s opinions differ from Suzie’s, as you can see in the debate below.
1. The Subway Sucks
Readers from New York may doubt this first claim, thinking “that’s not true, my subway ride is great.” But, these people are wrong, and have simply become used to the misery that is the New York subway.
Taking the subway sucks. At best, it’ll be a short ride where you manage not to catch the plague. But usually, it’s a hold-on-for-your-life kind of situation.
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