Aqua Alta! The occasional high water that floods Venice. They spent billions(mafia got their percentage) to make MOSE, the floating dykes/barricades? to control the flooding. Still doomed probably.
This city is all about window-dressing and putting on a superficial facade.I have a neighbor who believed what she sees on tv and moved to New York. About a year later she moved back saying New York city sucks. It seems that one block away from all the glamour is not like they show on tv.
There's also the huge lack of morals and the diseased mentality of the public too. Don't get me wrong, it's a great place to visit for a couple of weeks as a tourist if you have each day planned out. Enjoy yourself, buy a couple of ridiculously overpriced souvenirs. (Especially one of those "I ❤️ NY" T-shirts that literally no New Yorker actually wears.)NYC only sucks if you’re poor. Or working class. Or even middle class. It’s great if you’re rich because they have the best that money can buy and it will be expensive. The best food, fashion, art, culture, etc. and all the little people you pay to help you enjoy it. My rare visits to the Big Apple (it’s too expensive!)cost almost double what they do in Paris, Rome, or Venice. Only London and Tokyo compete in cost. Speaking of Venice, that’s where I would love to live in the Fall/Winter months. Basically a ghost town that hasn’t changed in hundreds of years, no cars, and awesome for a flashoholic. Night walks there are fantastic.
Been here since 1979. NYC definitely bigger than just Manhattan.
I won't pretend that I know where all the best spots are for food.
But I've found a significant amount of those places over the decades.
Morals? Sadly I've seen too many examples to chalk it up as isolated incidents of horrendously bad behavior. I've met decent human-beings here and there. But the vast majority really aren't worth the trouble. I wish that wasn't the case.
Monocrom, Is the following video a true representation of daily NYC traffic and citizen behavior?
If so, I don't think I could cope with that much daily stress.
I follow this pretty closely on Streetsblog NYC. The level of cyclist hate peaked a while back, and it's on a downward trend. Not steeply downward mind you, but not like 5 or 10 years ago. Why? Probably because a lot more people are riding bikes.Yup, spot on. Though irony of ironies, despite city officials drooling all over themselves for well over a decade to make NYC more bike friendly (and waging a not-so-secret war against drivers); bicyclists are literally the most hated group in this city. Not even joking!
The commercial cyclists by far are the worst but you know who I blame for that? Their employers. Delivery people might only have 5 or 10 minutes to get a food order delivered a mile from the restaurant. Of course they have to ride like jerks to deliver on time. Maybe it's time places reduced their delivery radius, as well as had more realistic delivery schedules. The recreational cyclists dressed like they're in the Tour de France are the worst ones in my opinion. I'm a lifelong cyclist and I don't even like a lot of these people.Think of any two groups that have legit violent hatred for each other. The one thing that unites all of them is their shared hatred of bicyclists. The vast majority of the messenger ones and the recreational ones, display an attitude that goes well beyond arrogant, obnoxious, and uncaring. And I mean well beyond what's acceptable even by NYC standards!
Again, I put a lot of this on street design. When you have traffic signals every single block, timed for car speeds if they're even timed at all, cyclists and pedestrians will hit red lights every few blocks at best. And we have long red light cycles, at least 30 seconds, sometimes over a minute. Small wonder people on bikes and on foot treat reds like yields. I do it myself, both as a walker and a cyclist. But I always look, then yield to anyone already in the intersection. There are actually a few legislators trying to get NY an Idaho stop law. It makes more sense here than in Idaho actually.To clarify, I only mean the ones found in my city. when I was in Cleveland, I saw several bicyclists riding responsibly. Even to the point of actually stopping at STOP lights. And.... waiting for the light to turn green before riding into the intersection! It was literally shocking for me to see that. But yeah, unless you have a HUGE salary, White Collar job waiting for you here; don't move here. Even then, save up as much as you can, retire early, move to a better place. With the exception of the landmarks, Broadway shows, and museums (which you can see as a tourist), there's nothing about NYC to recommend. There goes my blatant honesty rearing its ugly head. Must be the New Yorker in me.
I wanted to address this separately. It's off-topic for the thread, so perhaps if it generates a lot of responses those should be moved to another thread. Anyway, I can't emphasize this enough: Quit one of those full-time jobs. My late father tried this at age 50. He actually lasted a few years before he had a massive heart attack. The second one at age 71 killed him. The sad part is he spent most of the money on stuff he didn't need, most of which fills the basement to this day.I work nights at one of my two full-time jobs.