Originally Posted by brajohns81
I have toured NYC on google maps and seen pics of the city. Everywhere I look the city seems dirty and run down, the subways look the worst. I am pretty sure NYC being an illegal alien sanctuary city has something to do with it, but good grief. I jump over the big pond to London, which is around the same size as NYC, and I tour that city. By contrast, London is a beautiful city, with lovely architecture and clean streets all over. London also has a lot buildings that are much much older than buildings in NYC, and the buildings in London still look great vs. NYC.
No, they are right, you can't give justice to the city by simply looking at the pictures.
You can see the drab buildings, filthy subways, dirty roads, ugly joints, etc. but that's not all that New York has to offer.
To get the full picture, you need to feel the stench of subways, smell the dirty bums, asking for a change on every corner, enjoy the ride in a subway with teenage schizoids, jumping and screaming all the way, you can even learn some new cool profanities from them. You can feel the cold refreshing water running from the subway walls and ceilings down your spine, it won't let you fall asleep while waiting for the next train for half an hour. You can exercise too, jumping over somebody's puke trying to keep balance.
It's true there are not many trees or other nature to talk about. Not many buildings to look at without feeling depressed. But New York is famous for its artistic expressions, you can enjoy the graffiti and strong language the young New York artists left on the walls everywhere.
And what can be better than walking in the city in hot humid summer days or getting wet under unexpected rain, which is frequent there. And Winters have a lot to offer too. How about freezing strong winds – a benchmark of the city? Soak your feet in deep Manhattan puddles, jumping over the heaps of snow left after snowstorm, taking the verbal and physical abuse of other unfortunate people in the same situation fighting for passage with good humor.
If you like driving, you will definitely enjoy New York. Think about all those hours you will spend in standstill traffic, then you can enjoy taxi drivers cutting you off, driving in wrong direction, stopping in the middle of the road, bumping into your car and pretending they speak no English. Feel the satisfaction of loud bump when the wheels of your car ready to fall off after you got into a fresh pothole. They seem to appear everywhere every winter like mushrooms after rain. It's impossible to drive in any part of New York without enjoying them.
It will definitely sound like a pleasant music to your ears when somewhere in the middle of the night you hear a loud siren, or the sound of heavy machinery on the streets. And the possibility of being robbed or raped in the prosperous Central Park area will create such a nice tingling feeling in your stomach. It's also quite an amusement to observe free run rats frolicking in New York parks, and large cute roaches rummaging in the apartment trash, and bed bugs in expensive hotels and stores.
I can go forever describing the wonders of modern New York, but I think you got the picture.