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October 11, 2008 5:32 PM   Subscribe

My New York : artists, writers, professionals, and New Yorkers of all stripes talk about what they look forward to seeing in the city this fall.
posted by shivohum (17 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
This kind of thing is precisely what I hate most about the NYT.

Here's one they left out:

CLARENCE WILSON
Unskilled laborer, currently between jobs

Well, here in East New York, the local park ain't one you'd wanna hang out in too much, you know what I'm sayin', and I sure as hell wouldn't bring my camera there to take pictures... be the last time I ever saw that camera! I guess I'm mostly looking forward to getting the rats outta the basement, but, I dunno, landlord said he'd be gettin' 'em out right about this time last fall, too, so, I ain't holdin' my breath, you know?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:12 PM on October 11, 2008 [4 favorites]


That's hardly a selection of New Yorkers of all stripes, it's more like a selection of power brokers and media figures.
posted by The Straightener at 6:34 PM on October 11, 2008


(in case anyone else makes the same mistake I did, the associated name is below the paragraph, not above)
posted by girlhacker at 7:03 PM on October 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


Warning: David Blaine.
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 8:21 PM on October 11, 2008 [1 favorite]


every stripe my ass.
posted by shockingbluamp at 8:30 PM on October 11, 2008


Aw, c'mon, give the kids their mythology.

It makes 'em feel big. :p
posted by Kloryne at 8:31 PM on October 11, 2008


For the 1-2-3 line to run more than one train every 20 minutes and for express-local connections to work with some semblance of care?
posted by The Whelk at 8:53 PM on October 11, 2008


And don't get me started on Queens-Brooklyn connections, or the uselessness of the bus system, or the F train not being fetid, or the never ending construction on Columbus Circle fucking everything up, or access to the Bronx being feeble, or actual service cross-town, or the eternal mystery of the G train.

At least the L kinda works now.
posted by The Whelk at 8:58 PM on October 11, 2008


and yes It's still better than it was, but c'mon, we can beat Eastern Europe for subway service. At least out trains run all night when they do run. (grumble, London, grumble)
posted by The Whelk at 9:00 PM on October 11, 2008


...we can beat Eastern Europe for subway service.

I wouldn't necessarily assume that.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:16 PM on October 11, 2008


What I look forward to seeing in the city this fall is the exodus of many formerly smug finance guys when they can't afford their mortgage payments anymore.
posted by JaredSeth at 10:08 PM on October 11, 2008


Like girlhacker, I made the mistake of associating the quote with the name above it. For a few moments I was like "wow, David Wright is into obscure mosaic bench art projects and eating pizza with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge! Cute, plays baseball, and romantic!".... A few moments later my illusions were shattered.

As an ex-New Yorker, I miss a lot of the things mentioned, but I don't know...it's like the longer you are away from the city, the less you long for it. The first few years after leaving rather unwillingly, I couldn't wait to go back. Now...not much at all, even though I go back to visit quite a lot. NY is like a fever that gradually fades.
posted by thread_makimaki at 4:49 AM on October 12, 2008


Dickbags of all stripes try to remember specific coffee shops in New York while they subtly bring up personal projects.

THIS IS WHY THE REST OF THE COUNTRY HATES US, GUYS
posted by Damn That Television at 6:23 AM on October 12, 2008


It's true, the rest of the country does hate you.
posted by MarshallPoe at 7:56 AM on October 12, 2008


Late 2008, credentialed elites dictate taste. Late 2009, formerly credentialed elites ridiculed for obsession with silver eggs, anodized bunnies, celebrity portraits, and diamond encrusted skulls.
posted by wallstreet1929 at 12:25 PM on October 12, 2008


Wow. Lots of bitterness here. Though I was wrong to say it was New Yorkers of all stripes - it is indeed the elite.
posted by shivohum at 7:37 PM on October 12, 2008


I guess it seems like simple bitterness to you, but i wouldn't characterize it as such. I think a lot of people just felt the need to express how depressingly elitist the NYT almost always is.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:31 PM on October 13, 2008


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