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Misery and the City

Maybe it’s the cold, grey weather, or the fact that I slipped and fell on a patch of black ice while walking home last night.  Whatever it is, I’ve been thinking lately about how even though New York is vibrant … Read More

By / January 23, 2009

Maybe it’s the cold, grey weather, or the fact that I slipped and fell on a patch of black ice while walking home last night.  Whatever it is, I’ve been thinking lately about how even though New York is vibrant and exciting, it can also be a uniquely miserable place to be sometimes, especially with two months of frigid, slushy weather behind us and two more ahead, and no holidays coming up except Valentine’s Day, which is usually even more depressing than a regular non-holiday.

So for the New Yorkers among us (and for the non-New Yorkers among us who want to indulge in a little schadenfreude at the expense of the New Yorkers among us), a few things about New York City to be miserable about:

  • Gum on subway seats
  • Vomit on subway seats
  • That adorable boutique down the block where you can’t afford anything
  • Views of airshafts
  • Windows with bars on them
  • Getting your heels stuck in subway gratings
  • Trying to find somewhere to use the bathroom
  • Finding somewhere to use the bathroom, and then seeing four mice in the food preparation area as you walk by it on your way to the bathroom (this happened to me in a deli in the Village last week)
  • Tourists who stop in the middle of the sidewalk to take pictures in Times Square 
  • This Craigslist post
  • Paying $11.25 for a movie
  • Wall Street
  • People who walk slowly in the subway station when you’re running for a train
  • Ambulances outside your window
  • Overpriced greasy diners
  • Subway musicians that make you contemplate offering them money to STOP playing
  • Apartments with thin walls
  • The fact that anything cool you might discover has already been discovered by hundreds of cooler people (who probably live in Williamsburg and get checks each month from their parents in order to pay for their black designer skinny jeans)

What about you?  What makes you miserable about New York City?  Feel free to add to my list in the comments section below, and I’ll post my favorites to my blog, Things to Be Miserable About.

And finally, if you’ve enjoyed my posts this week, there’s a reading and book party on Monday!  It’s free and open to the public.  Details below:

11,002 Things to Be Miserable About Reading and Book Party Monday, January 26 7:00 pm Half King Bar 505 W. 23rd St. (near 10th Ave.) New York Nick and I will be reading from the book, answering questions, signing books, drinking too much, et cetera.

Lia Romeo, co-author of 11,002 Things to Be Miserable About, spent the past week guest blogging on Jewcy.  This is her parting post.  Want more?  Buy her book