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New Yorkers' Top 10 Worst Fears

By
Jillian Anthony
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When you really think about it, New Yorkers are lucky to make it through the day. We're constantly navigating active construction sites, pushing our way onto crowded trains with no protection from the tracks below and dodging taxis and buses that seem hellbent on extinguishing us. This city is a death trap! But somehow we use the NYC life hacks available to us and usually do get home safe, even if we hear horror stories of the city's dangers constantly. Here's the top ten worst fears (some more serious than others) New Yorkers harbor deep in the back of their minds:

10. Getting hit by a bus, Regina George-style. 

9. Having someone run by and steal your phone right out of your hands. (But it's good to know that once in a blue moon you might even recover it.)

8. Getting hit by a flying piece of shrapnel from a construction site.

7. Being in a subway car that is suddenly overtaken by a rabid rat uprising, with nowhere to escape. 

6. Getting trapped in a subway car under the East River for a terrifyingly long period of time.

5. Falling through a supposedly sturdy basement door on the sidewalk.

4. Slipping and getting your leg caught in the gap between the subway and the platform when it's just about to leave.

3. Being attacked by a random stranger. (Butt slasher, anyone?)

2. Being squished by an air conditioner/piece of a building/penny thrown by the worst person in the world on top of the Empire State Building falling silently from the sky.

1. Getting accidentally pushed onto the subway tracks during a crowded commute. L train riders, beware!

BONUS FEAR WE ALL SHARE: Teens.

And finally, a personal worst fear of mine: Having to go to a friend's birthday party at Bounce.

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