I Hate NY

As we only live a cheap, convenient, and less-than-two-hour bus ride from New York City, one may wonder why we don’t come to the city more often. After all, there are great restaurants, shows, shopping, and the husband’s friends. But there is one very good reason why we don’t come here more often–or ever, really. I hate New York.

People speak of what a great public transit system NYC has. Clearly, these people have never tried to use said system. Nor have they ever been on a different city’s public transport–Washington DC’s, for example. The DC metro goes everywhere, there are stations every few blocks, and it is clean and air conditioned. None of those things are true in NYC.

Today we arrived in the city an hour or so before lunch. We dropped our backpacks off at the hotel desk, and attempted to go uptown to the Natural History Museum. The Met is closed on Mondays, so we thought we’d check out the Natural History Museum before a long walk in the park. So my husband walked us to the Herald Square station, and we attempted to take the B train uptown. But there was no B train–it simply never came, and we stood there, underground, in the stifiling heat for 45 minutes. And then we left the station and took the cab we should have taken in the first place.

An hour and a half later, we arrived at the museum–which, of course, was under construction.

I’ve already informed the husband that if London sucks as much as New York, we are either taking lots of day trips, or having the shortest month-long trip ever. We may be back within the week.

And this is what really scares me. What if I hate London or Paris or Barcelona as much as I hate NYC? I was quite concerned about this, until I remembered how much I love DC. And Vancouver. Even Burlington. I really think it is just New York that I hate.

There are just way too many people and not enough toilets.

All of that being said, I had a really great night out for drinks and dinner with the husband’s friends. There’s a great little cafe-esque bar across the street from our hotel, and then we went to an even cuter and tastier restaurant right around the corner. Neither were under construction, and we didn’t need to take the subway, either.

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6 responses to “I Hate NY

  1. You won’t hate those countries as much as NY! I have been to London and Paris and it’s completely different! I’m not saying public transportatoin won’t be a pain…I personally think it’s always hard to figure out public transportation lol. NYC is a very overwhelming city.

  2. I think its all about being familiar with a city. Rachel lives and works in NY and we have become really familiar with it, so we love being there. I love driving in Manhattan, now that I know the city. But I must confess I no longer take the subway because its labyrinthian, and as fetidly hot as Hades. As for Paris. Rachel hated it, for the same reasons you hate NYC. She preferred the French countryside. Each city has its issues. After a week of being in Budapest, we had finally mastered public transit, and then of course we rented a car and hit the countryside.
    Take it as it comes, you will have lots of fun.

  3. Tracy – where are you??? i have been anxiously
    awaiting your response to London ~ and nothing!
    I hope you are so busy enjoying every second
    you have not had time to write! I can’t wait to
    hear what you think of London!

  4. Completely agree about NYs metro system – the absolute worst after using the metros in Barcelona, London, Paris, Munich, Rome, and Athens.
    I think it’ll just go uphill from here. I loved London and Barcelona (Paris not so much but I’m weird). I wish now we had done NYC in the beginning of our trip so we could’ve gotten it out of the way. Oh well.

  5. Came across this blog & read the replies… What a bunch of hick prudes here. I loved NYC when I was there. It’s so different from any other place in the world. Not bad for country just over 200 years old!

    To Jessica: I’m glad you got NY out of the way too. It probably feels the same about you, too.

    • Ferguson–I’m approving this comment not because it is nice (or even technically correct) but because I believe in equal opportunity commenting. And I know that lots of people love NY–that’s why they make those shirts! But just because someone does not like NY does not mean that they are a ‘hick prude’. I do know some of the commentors (and, of course, I know myself) and I can guarantee you that they are neither hicks nor prudes. In fact, the word ‘prude’ cannot really apply to someone for not liking a city–unless they stated that they were offended that said city showed too much cleavage. 😉

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