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15 Small things that fill every New York parent with rage

Even the greatest city in the world has its downsides: Let's wallow together about lugging strollers through the subway.

Written by
Danielle Valente
Oliver Strand

Ah, New York, New York. It really is a helluva town sometimes. 

We love the family attractions, cool museums and a good slice of pizza (naturally), but there are definitely a few things we can do without. Read on for the best ways to send a NYC parent into a rage. (Yes, scooters are among them.) 

1. When you get some side-eye for commuting with a stroller

Yes, these things are cumbersome, but our lil' New Yorkers can't walk and still have places to be. Please pardon the cargo! 

2. When your little angels need a bathroom the moment you leave the building

It would have been nice to get a heads-up earlier, but it's better than being told when you get on the subway.

3. When your little angels need a bathroom the moment you get on the subway

See above.

4. When you actually make it onto the subway and your kiddos touch everything

Fact: A poll in a subway car is basically a long, skinny petri dish. That doesn't seem to matter to NYC kids, who will touch every surface on the subway car, then casually stick their fingers in their mouths faster than you can say "influenza." 

5. When you get dirty looks for letting your kids ride their scooters

Look, we've tried reeling them in, but it's pretty much like herding cats. We'll give you a shout if they come close to running over your toes. 

6. When cyclists speed-roll through crosswalks

Traffic is always a game of chicken, but pedal-pushers should take it easy when they see a young child. 

7. When you finally arrive at Yankee Stadium and the kids want to leave after the first inning

The commute (easy for some, far-flung for most) warrants staying until the third inning—at leastSit back and have some cracker jacks, kid. 

8.When ice cream truck season arrives

They're predatory—and they're everywhere.

9. When there's a game on a turf field

Those little black pellets get everywhere. You'll be picking them out of the sofa cushions all week.

10. When a trip to the bodega becomes a shopping spree

Don't get us wrong, we love the convenience of a good bodega. However, bringing the kids results in a lot of unwanted purchases. It's basically like going to Target.

11. When kids' events start at 8pm

There are bedtimes to consider—and we're not just talking about poor parents needing their beauty sleep.

12. When Coney Island is crazy crowded 

The kids are running in different directions: one's puking, another's crying over a prize and one's complaining about the cotton candy flavor—plus it's next to impossible to keep them within your line of vision. 

13. When your jumping beans hop all over the apartment 

The downstairs neighbors won't appreciate that your littles are perfecting their gymnastics routine in the living room—and you'll likely hear all about it. 

14.  When you're running late for school pick-up 

Please don't penalize—or worse—charge us for being a few minutes behind schedule. You know how unreliable NYC transportation can be. 

15. When you're told you can't eat at the bar with your kid

Sometimes you want to grab a bite at the bar with your child, only the bartender tells you no minors are allowed. OK, Millenial. The truth is it's perfectly legal for a kid to sit anywhere food is served, including the bar. Relax, we won't be hogging these seats all night.

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