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Everyone, including native New Yorkers, looooooooove giving advice to people about living in New York.  Half the time, you’ll hear the same things over and over and over again.  But which of these oft-repeated pieces of advice or factoids are actually true?

If you’ve lived in any sort of city whatsoever, traffic created by cars pretty much EVERYWHERE is bad.  It’s called living in 2010.  If ANYTHING, the worst place for car traffic is hands-down, Los Angeles.  New York, though, by far has much more pedestrian traffic, but compared to places like Florence, Italy, it’s not even that crazy. Sidestory: Ashley F. and I were once crossing the street in SoHo, trying to avoid traffic, but against the “walk” signal, and some guy decided it would be appropriate to exclaim in our direction: “Welcome to New York!”  I actually cannot think of anything more New York than ignoring the “walk/don’t walk” signal, so I have no idea what the fuck that guy was talking about.

2) You’re gonna get mugged
Here’s the thing about mugging– practically no matter where you live in an urban center, what you do, how you dress, what time of day it is, you have a good chance of getting mugged.  For some, it happens more than others, if it happens at all.  Basically, though, there is nothing you can do to prevent getting mugged.  Not in New York, not in Chicago, nowhere.  That’s just life people, it happens, and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it no matter where you live.  Short answer: Yes, you’re gonna get mugged.  However, I’ve never known anyone anywhere in the span of my existence to get mugged or robbed as many times as I have.  So you’ve already got a leg up.

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3) The C.H.U.D.S: Fact or fiction?
Dude, I’m not really sure, to be honest.  They allegedly were real at one point, but then, like Guiliani systematically killed them all or something?  I don’t know.  What I do know is that I’m sure that there are people living in the subway, though whether or not they have some sort of Morlockian-type co-op down there seems a little far-fetched to me.

4) Brooklyn: it’s soooo far and craaaazyyy!
I guess this is something more that Manhattanites say.  I’m not sure exactly what the problem is here with them and Brooklyn, but it takes approximately 5 minutes on the L to get from First Avenue in the East Village to Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg.  Which, I know, I know, is crazyhipsterszomgblahhhh, but Brooklyn is much more than Bedford Avenue and Park Slope strollers.  And you know something?  I’ll take the Bedford Cheese Shop over thirtyfuckingfourth street any day of the week.

Any more to add?  Leave ’em in the comments!

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Anna G - Caliburg Contributor

Anna G - Caliburg Contributor

Anna G. is a Southern California native living in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn since 2005. Anna is constantly trying to unite her love of CA sunshine and the excitement of the New York urban jungle, all the while trying to keep her unwieldy credit card debt under control, and look fabulous at brunch, no matter how un-showered and hungover.


  1. July 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    I’m curious how many times you’ve been mugged- as well as what you were doing when these muggings happened.

  2. Katy B. - Economic Inexpert
    July 9, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Getting mugged is sort of the equivalent of getting pooped on by a pigeon, in that it happens to EVERYone. I’ve still got both coming to me. I live in constant fear, basically.

  3. Anna G - Caliburg Contributor
    July 10, 2010 at 6:02 am

    I’ve only been mugged once, but burglarized three times. When I was mugged, I was simply walking down the street on 13th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue at midnight.