New York City is for sellouts

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worcester has many hills. never skateboard in worcester.

kephm, Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:12 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm currently filled with a monstrous urge to hop a flight to da NYC, but that's just cuz one of my old-skool bestest buddies M1c4h L0gsd0n's play (that he wrote, that is) The Working Week and Sunday Rest is dropping this month (opening-night I think is Monday?), and I love my bwoy's work!

nickalicious (nickalicious), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:13 (sixteen years ago) link

Fuck Worcester, it's a hole and I'm also not supposed to go back to Massachusetts anyway.

Ally (mlescaut), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:14 (sixteen years ago) link

worcester rules. ally is gay.

Chris V. (Chris V), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:16 (sixteen years ago) link

Anyone besides Tracer want to give these questions a shot:

Why move to NYC and not anywhere else in the world? Is there anything left that's special or unique about NYC that doesn't exist in any other large US city?

NA (Nick A.), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:18 (sixteen years ago) link

I love Haikunym.

Really there's probably nothing more hipster than moving to Brooklyn these days other than doing so while wearing a trucker hat.

When Paul's Boutqiue came out I was fourteen and had it set in my mind then that I *had* to live in NYC. I did move there ten years later but was back in TX in less than two. It was something I had to do, for my own reasons. I'm glad I did but it's not a place I wanted to stay.

Part of me would still love to live in SF b/c I just think it's a fantastic city. But moving is a pain in the ass and any move away from TX would just be temporary for me so why bother?

Texas Sam (thatgirl), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:19 (sixteen years ago) link

To answer NA's question more directly: Mayor Bloomberg is unique to NYC, so people move there for him.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:19 (sixteen years ago) link

if i had a choice to move, it would be to St. Albans, Vermont. 1 hour from Montreal and 6 hours from here. Its quiet, peaceful, condusive to furniture making and beard growing.

although i would be interested in the OC. I have never seen california.

Chris V. (Chris V), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:21 (sixteen years ago) link

i think if you live in the middle of nowhere & want to get the funk out, nyc is as good a choice as any.
is it a bit trendy to move there? yes.
does this ruin the city? no.
competition is a good thing, esp. for musicians no?

masteroftheobvious, Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:21 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, I'm interested in this question, too.

Mandee, Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:21 (sixteen years ago) link

Why move to NYC and not anywhere else in the world?

1) Laziness (I'm originally from here)
2) School
3) Innate hatred of the type of people who come on a thread about NYC and then proceed to big up Worchester and LA.

Ally (mlescaut), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:22 (sixteen years ago) link

Don't fuck with the Worcester.

Chris V. (Chris V), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:23 (sixteen years ago) link

++Fuck Worcester, it's a hole.

this line is bending my brain

kephm, Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:24 (sixteen years ago) link

"i think if you live in the middle of nowhere & want to get the funk out, nyc is as good a choice as any."

Yeah, this is kind of my point.

NA (Nick A.), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:24 (sixteen years ago) link

although i would be interested in the OC. I have never seen california.

There are better spots than OC out here, believe me, but I'm comfortable enough. :-)

3) Innate hatred of the type of people who come on a thread about NYC and then proceed to big up Worchester and LA.

Show me where I specifically talked about LA on this thread and I'll agree to this point. ;-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:25 (sixteen years ago) link

Welcome to Boston's inferiority complex, show starts at 7.

Other reasons for NYC is a built up image of glamour and star power and grit that is long gone and no longer a reality. AKA what Tracer said, it's kind of hard to add anything to what he said. He didn't really mention the drugs.

Ally (mlescaut), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:26 (sixteen years ago) link

Move to NYC and make out with Chloe Sevigny in seedy locales!

nickalicious (nickalicious), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:26 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, that's actually true.

Ally (mlescaut), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:27 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, this is kind of my point.

I'll agree. Right now if I was recommending places to get out to from somewhere -- strictly in American terms -- I'd suggest Seattle or SF, actually. Those living there would probably have their own perspectives on why this would be good or bad.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:27 (sixteen years ago) link

So, Ally, are you essentially saying that there's no good reason to move to NYC as opposed to any other large metropolitan city? Your reasons for moving there seemed mainly personal, and you imply that anything special about the city is now gone. Am I reading you right?

NA (Nick A.), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:28 (sixteen years ago) link

True to what Ally said, post-Giluani NYC is like Disneyland.

I've encountered far more grit living in East Dallas than I did in NYC.

Texas Sam (thatgirl), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Don't get me wrong I love NYC. But would never want to live there. Way too much for me. Boston suits me well enough.

Chris V. (Chris V), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:28 (sixteen years ago) link

NYC appears to be the Glasgow of the States.

Archel (Archel), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:31 (sixteen years ago) link

I've done it.

Who's moving here, Nick? Anyone I know?

And c'mon: NYC = Disneyland? Don't believe yr own hype, yo. NYC's nightlife is amazing, it's the center of the arts universe, it's filled with a ridiculous amount of beautiful people, you don't need a car and if you are aiming for an entertainment- or financial-related job, it's the place to be.

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:32 (sixteen years ago) link

Boston = AAA New York

Modj, Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:32 (sixteen years ago) link

...and it's [NY's] not the center of the arts universe.

...and entertainment jobs are moving to Canada because of the "Canadian Advantage"

Modj, Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:33 (sixteen years ago) link

it's the center of the arts universe

It's stuff like this that sticks in my craw, Yanc3y! I'm not blaming you, I've just heard it too often with further explanation or context -- I'm all for self-fulfilling prophecy and everything but is it actually true?

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:33 (sixteen years ago) link

Nobody you know Yanc3y. Mostly people who were Williamsburg townies or already lived in Richmond, not W&M people.

NA (Nick A.), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:34 (sixteen years ago) link

Hey Yanc3y, ever been to Disneyland? Mickey can tear it up out on the dancefloor.

Texas Sam (thatgirl), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:34 (sixteen years ago) link

Do people in NYC get annoyed with all the hipsters or hipster-wannabes moving in or are there too many people moving in and out all the time to care about the influx?

Sarah Mclusky (coco), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:34 (sixteen years ago) link

Is there anything left that's special or unique about NYC that doesn't exist in any other large US city?

http://www.hollyeats.com/images/New%20York/Hallo-Menu.jpg

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:34 (sixteen years ago) link

Excellent Tracer, see also Chinese Cuban food. (but there are bums everywhere)

Where I worked up there, only two of us were native NYers. Everyone else came from somewhere else. One of those natives, my Creative Director, never travelled in the US really. Why should she, she reasoned, when she lived in NYC. She was half French, half English, hardly bathed and was the most obnoxious person ever.

Texas Sam (thatgirl), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:40 (sixteen years ago) link

wow they have snapple in NYC?

Chris V. (Chris V), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:41 (sixteen years ago) link

What is Momus doing sleeping on the pavement? And why is he drinking a Snapple?

amateurist (amateurist), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:42 (sixteen years ago) link

Actually, I think that's the singer from Les Savy Fav.

NA (Nick A.), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:43 (sixteen years ago) link

haha worst of both worlds!

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:43 (sixteen years ago) link

my secret hatred of NYC boils down to one thing....the Yankees. Thank you and good night.

Chris V. (Chris V), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:43 (sixteen years ago) link

Arts universe explanation: Well, I look at it this way -- the vast majority of book and magazine publishing is based here, the news media is based here, there's a ridiculous number of art galleries (both boutique and major ones) here, Broadway is considered the pinnacle of theater (which is both good and bad, obv.), NYC has a thriving music scene and hell! In the parkling lot around the corner from my apartment street people and actors perform King Lear everynight! (tho last week they were doing interpretive dance to Panjabi MC's "Beware the Boys" -- I stayed and watched it every single night. TRULY TRANSCENDENT!!!") The reason I moved to NYC was cuz I wanted to be a writer, and I knew that this was the place to make that happen.

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:44 (sixteen years ago) link

yeah, which makes me another fucking tourist on a long weekend but so fucking what

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:45 (sixteen years ago) link

we've got all that shit in worcester for 1/2 the price.

Chris V. (Chris V), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:46 (sixteen years ago) link

Every NY'er that ever deigns to visit the rest of the country can be replied upon to complain about the pizza.

I'm glad NY exists.

lawrence kansas (lawrence kansas), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:46 (sixteen years ago) link

and i do interpretive dance to Van Halen.

Chris V. (Chris V), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:47 (sixteen years ago) link

is there anyone who lives in NY that actually hates it?

Chris V. (Chris V), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:47 (sixteen years ago) link

Sam there are bums everywhere I know, i wanted to do a diptych that shows: NY has more cultural collision weirdness, encountered on a daily basis, than any other American city i've been to BY FAR, but concomitant with this is more in-your-face human misery, encountered on a daily basis, than any other American city i've been to BY FAR

i hate it, Chris, or at least i've told myself that many times

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:48 (sixteen years ago) link

I wanted to be a writer, and I knew that this was the place to make that happen.

Ya think? I dunno. I have wanted to be/always felt like I am a writer and all, but I figure urban mystique in your brain is where you find it, I can pitch to editors and hash out ideas on-line, you can download all the music and art and whatever you like in life these days, and I can walk out from my door and get great ramen, soul food, Cuban cuisine and fish tacos (and Iranian and Indian food etc.) within a hundred yards. So I dunno, it seems less necessary that NYC specifically should be it.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:49 (sixteen years ago) link

Tracer's German Soul Food photo is the most OTM thing on this thread. I was gonna post a defense of my town but he's already said it all.

Asymmetric Cocktails (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:50 (sixteen years ago) link

I admit that's pretty sweet. There's this one Chinese 50s style drive in around OC that could rival it, though.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:50 (sixteen years ago) link

I think the best place to live as a writer is the place that makes you feel like writing -- I'm not sure local networking is as necessary as it was before the prevalence of the internet, and even comic book writers -- who need to exchange stuff back and forth between editor and artist and letterer and keep to a monthly schedule -- live all over the planet now.

NYC undoubtedly offers more writing-related job opportunities than many places, though.

(The German Soul Food is one of the few things that has made me want to visit NYC.)

Tep (ktepi), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:51 (sixteen years ago) link

I don't understand. It looks just like German food only the word "soul" is thrown in there for no reason that I can see.

lawrence kansas (lawrence kansas), Thursday, 7 August 2003 15:53 (sixteen years ago) link

glad i lost my hair or i might've been pulled in for questioning

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 July 2019 14:25 (one month ago) link


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