True Guide To New York
June 29, 2001 8:39 PM   Subscribe

True Guide To New York This site is a pretty good interpretation of what New Yorkers are like.
posted by wsfinkel (22 comments total)
At first, I thought the joke was the newspaper headlines in the intro, and I didn't think it was very funny. Then the rest loaded, and I clicked and clicked and clicked and clicked.... Great stuff. I love it.

The Long Island cartoon is one of the best. It's dead on. It needs nothing more.
posted by tomorama at 8:53 PM on June 29, 2001

If you look at the address on the animator's resume you'll find that he lives less than a mile and a half from the Clintons. Yes, I need a hobby.
posted by machaus at 9:15 PM on June 29, 2001

I actually remember meth's comics from when we were at syracuse u.
posted by wsfinkel at 9:42 PM on June 29, 2001

Not too sure about how funny this is, but that's a fine mullet on the Jersey guy.
posted by dong_resin at 10:17 PM on June 29, 2001

These jokes mostly seem obvious, or they're not really jokes at all. But the whole thing is nicely done. I am puzzled by the Brooklyn one. Does it just mean "Brooklyn! Diverse!" or what?
posted by rodii at 10:23 PM on June 29, 2001

I think that's what he's getting at, rodii. Personally, I liked the Upper East/fratboy clip.
posted by jpoulos at 11:00 PM on June 29, 2001

the sf bay area map is equally funny, but with too few areas.
posted by elle at 11:25 PM on June 29, 2001

Hell's Kitchen is a devil chef? Boo. Guess my neighborhood isn't easily stereotype-able.

But Staten Island as a big question mark is pretty funny. Or just re-use the Jersey animation instead!
posted by nstop at 11:55 PM on June 29, 2001

But Staten Island as a big question mark is pretty funny. Or just re-use the Jersey animation instead!

Or take the china-town animation, replace the chinese stores with sea gulls and bulldozers, and increase the stink-waves! Seriously. You don't drive through Staten Island with your windows down. It's just not done.
posted by tomorama at 12:22 AM on June 30, 2001

Moderately funny, the innuendos can be understood even
by non-newyorkers. Is there a real no-nonsense everyday guide to NY somewhere on the net ? Suggestions welcome !

posted by elpapacito at 12:32 AM on June 30, 2001

I think the Brooklyn one is meant less to say "Brooklyn! Diversity!" than to say "Brooklyn! Look how diverse we are!" That's how I took it, anyway, like those people were lining up because they knew the "camera" was there.
posted by kindall at 12:51 AM on June 30, 2001

As a Brit, my favourite part was 'Rest of USA'. Hahaha!

Would love to see one of these for London though.
posted by wackybrit at 12:58 AM on June 30, 2001

Being a few blocks away, I got a real kick out of looking at the Wall Street one. I have a friend who's currently interning at UBS Warburg, and it's crazy how often he'll Instant Message me, bored at work, and talk about getting high.

posted by dequinix at 7:06 AM on June 30, 2001

Something more than moderately funny. Too many 1970's stereotypes (in fairness, NYC isn't as funny as it used to be). I like the Upper East Side one, which is dead-on.

Best part: machaus' Mapquest research.
posted by ParisParamus at 7:49 AM on June 30, 2001

seems to me like the brooklyn one is being sarcastic by showing everybody getting along together and holding hands. it's pretty funny.
posted by cheesebot at 9:36 AM on June 30, 2001

Aside from the spot-on representation of crappy upper-east-side meat market bars, the jokes all seem a little too easy and/or dated to be funny. The bit about the racial diversity of the city's cab drivers is exactly the sort of joke Letterman has clung to in his transition from great to predictable. Maybe it's just that ParisParamus is right -- NYC just isn't the hilarious mess it used to be.

One quick revision I would make is that the couple in Soho should be dressed the same, but going in and out of the Gap, J.Crew, and other vital points of local interest.

I did like the "kiss the cook" apron on the Devil, though.
posted by BT at 10:21 AM on June 30, 2001

Too many 1970's stereotypes.... I don't think so. The 70's specialized in mugging, shooting, and rape. But the Guide didn't have enough of the Disneyfication and Starbucky sameness (alluded to by BT). But it showed enough of the negative that I wish THE REST OF THE USA would take note and not come to visit.
posted by caraig at 8:36 PM on June 30, 2001

Why do people who live in New York seem to think that the rest of the country is fascinated by them and their city?
posted by Hildago at 9:05 PM on June 30, 2001

Let's see, Hildago. The Sopranos? Seinfeld/Friends/every other sitcom in the last five years? NYPD Blue? America loves us. (The British, I understand, are obsessed with us.)
posted by tweebiscuit at 3:01 PM on July 1, 2001

Cause it's big. NY is like the "cocky" Italian guy (get my drift) at the bar.
posted by brian at 4:22 PM on July 1, 2001

dong_resin said "Not too sure about how funny this is, but that's a fine mullet on the Jersey guy." I resemble that remark!
posted by NJguy at 4:42 PM on July 1, 2001

tweebiscuit - The Sopranos? Excuse me, that show takes place in my home state, New Jersey.
posted by jeb at 7:51 AM on July 2, 2001

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