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16 small things that fill every New Yorker with irrational rage

16 small things that fill every New Yorker with irrational rage
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Kai Brinker

Being a New Yorker may be the best identity on the planet, but living in New York can sometimes feel beyond frustrating. We put up with obscenely-high rents for tiny spaces, endless crowds and plenty of other major annoyances and inconveniences that would shock the rest of the country. When it comes to the little things, New Yorkers aren’t going to take it. Some of the small things that fill us with irrational rage are just everyday occurrences.

1. When a wall of people walks as slowly as possible
If you’re going to snail-walk down the sidewalk, can you at least make room for the rest of us to pass by?

2. When you hear someone else’s headphones on the train
Good for you for not bringing a speaker on the train, but come on, get some better headphones or turn them down.

3. When people stand side by side on escalators
The right is for standing, the left is for running. Stand next to each other on a non-moving surface, please.

4. When someone's reading a giant newspaper next to you on the train
Fold it up! Or go digital.

5. When you buy a $17 cocktail at a mediocre bar and can't get the bartender's attention long enough to even pay the bill
$17 didn’t seem so outrageous when you wanted a cool drink, but when you’re ready to leave this all seems like a massive mistake.

6. When drivers start honking in a gridlock
No one is moving anywhere! Why are you honking? Please stop. 

7. People who push the incorrect button on the elevator so you make an unnecessary extra stop
The biggest waste of time.

8. People who don't know what they want when they finally reach the front of the line at Starbucks 
Not only does Starbucks have the same menu pretty much everywhere, the whole 15-minute wait should be long enough to decide what you needed to order.

9. People who put their stuff on chairs they're not using
Space is limited, this is New York City. Keep your belongings to yourself!

10. Tourists who stop you to ask directions to something that’s right in front of you
Where’s the World Trade Center/Empire State Building/Rockefeller Center? Maybe look up from your phone and hey, it’s right here!

11. Coffee shops that don't have public restrooms
So you have seating for customers to linger and enjoy their coffee but nowhere to pee? You know you serve coffee, right?

12. When you can’t get cell service for any apparent reason
This is New York City, center of the universe. Why are there so many dead zones?

13. Neighbors who vacuum late at night or ridiculously early in the morning
You know your floor is our ceiling, right? Same goes for rolling chairs, rearranging furniture and whatever else your neighbors are doing at odd hours. This city does sleep, sometimes.

14. Littering 
The city is dirty enough, at least put your empty cup in a proper trash receptacle.

15. Waiting in line forever for something that isn’t even that good
Concert, fancy doughnut, whatever, what a disappointment. Blame the hype. Then get angry.

16. When it's cold out… Everything
UGH. Freeze me in an igloo of anger.



John F

This list could have been much better.

Mike H

Another issue for any super Broadway / Theater fans out there....

Trying to get out of the Theater fast in attempt to having a closeup spot in the front of the barricades while waiting for the actors to come out the Stage Door to sign autographs and take photos after a show. It's easy if you have a seat in the aisle so you're able to run out immediately after the curtain call. However, if you're sitting in the middle of a row, it literally then takes a full 5-10 minutes to get out and people most likely end up missing an actor or in a bad spot where you most likely will not get an autograph or a picture. 

It's actually the worst whenever a celebrity is in a Broadway show. If you're in the middle of a row, then it gets crazy to get out because people are soooo slow and then you won't get to see your idol up close. 

Elliot M

You know what bugs me?  When New York pseudo-journalists don't know when, grammatically, to end a sentence, they just use commas to separate thoughts and sentences.   

Alexander C

#17.  Articles that almost hit the mark, but end up being a waste of time.

Gary Seven

You know what bugs me?  Those pigeons that throw shade in the form of "resting bitch face".  

Stephanie S

Clearly not written by a true New Yorker, who would know that you don't wait "in" line, but "on " line.

William S

@Stephanie S A True New Yorker doesn't nitpick over trivialities such as yours. Give us a break from fake.

Kurt H

Stopping at the ends of escalators and stairs. Keep moving!

William S

@Kurt H Or at entrances/exits to any passageway. What gives with these people?

Alexandra V

How about when people get into the dumbest fights on a crowded train in the morning and everyone moves to one side of the train to not get hit.

Jen S

#15. This is an article about New Yorkers. We wait ON line. Not in line.

William S

@Jen S Wait any way you want Jen but don't waste our time with meaningless distinctions.


Not to mention when it's hot out and the streets smell because of melting food garbage ugh stinky

Robert S

If you want my chair with my  bag on it, simply say "Excuse me" and I'll move it.

Or did you not learn to say Excuse me?

William S

@Robert S Chairs are not for bags. Or did no one teach you that? Allow me. Chairs are not for bags.