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What annoys New Yorkers the most?

The Gothamist has some fun with our daily pet peeves.

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1 Jon DeRosa   ~  Aug 16, 2010 11:07 am

Blocking subway doors needs a little context. Sometimes, there is no choice. But when you stand there w/ a non-full car, back to the open doors and never even consider that someone might be trying to enter the train, you deserve the shove you're going to get when that person tries to board.

2 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 16, 2010 11:26 am

eating hot food on the train does it for me.

3 williamnyy23   ~  Aug 16, 2010 11:35 am

I can't stand people who block one way street while waiting for a parking spot. It's the equivalent of a middle finger to everyone else.

4 Diane Firstman   ~  Aug 16, 2010 11:58 am

Public nose picking ... listening to music sans headphones ... obnoxious thumping bass from car speakers ... littering in front of kids ... graffiti ...

etc etc etc ...

5 Jon DeRosa   ~  Aug 16, 2010 11:59 am

I've gota co-worker who can't abide strollers, especially double strollers, and the way they can fill up a sidewalk.

When I roll w/ the double, I try to keep that in mind, but what are you gonna do, never leave the house?

6 RagingTartabull   ~  Aug 16, 2010 12:05 pm

shuffling through your ringtones/iTunes on your phone sans headphones on a crowded train...

if I really wanted to hear the new Rick Ross single that bad, I'd illegally download it myself.

7 Dimelo   ~  Aug 16, 2010 12:25 pm

My list:
1. Blocking subway doors
1A. Yelling your religious beliefs to everyone on the train, i.e how they are going to burn in hell. I ALREADY KNOW THAT I'M BURNING IN HELL AND I'M EFF'ING PROUD OF IT!!!! I REALLY hate the crazy loud ex-crackhead turned born again on the A train. Nothing worse than going to the hell called work and hearing that more hell awaits after you die. THANKS MOFO!!!!
2. Extremely loud music coming from your headphones.
3. Singing/Rapping to the music that ONLY you can hear.

[3] William, so if you are looking for a parking spot and someone is pulling out, then what do you suggest be done at that point? Or are you referring to people who don't move really close to the parked cars as possible to allow the cars behind you to go around you?

I agree that the people behind me could give a eff about my (potential) parking spot, but I think that comes with the territory when you love in such a densely populated city. Now, if you do that and there are emergency vehicles behind you then you must move.

8 Diane Firstman   ~  Aug 16, 2010 12:31 pm


Just ONCE, I want to hear an atheist/agnostic "preach" on the subway ...

9 Raf   ~  Aug 16, 2010 12:33 pm

Blocking subway doors, holding subway doors, people who set picks at the top of the staircase, people who stop in the middle of a crowded staircase, people who feel that we need to hear the details of their cellphone conversations, people who feel the need to share their music tastes with us, people who yell for no apparent reason, excessive profanity... I'm just getting started :)

I guess all these can be filed under "inconsiderate/inattentive people"

10 williamnyy23   ~  Aug 16, 2010 12:48 pm

[7] If someone is in the act of pulling out, that's fine. But, if they are sitting in their car waiting for another passenger or whatever, I just keep on moving. Keeping a whole line of traffic waiting because you want a particular parking spot is not only rude, but it's also against traffic law.

11 Chyll Will   ~  Aug 16, 2010 12:49 pm

Just drop the bombs and get it over with, please?

12 Sliced Bread   ~  Aug 16, 2010 12:58 pm

nothing harshes my NY buzz like dogshit and pigeon droppings.

13 Raf   ~  Aug 16, 2010 1:25 pm

Any of you guys familiar with subwaydouchery.com?

14 YankeeAbby   ~  Aug 16, 2010 1:25 pm

I might get slapped for this one but....

"Showtime, y'all! It's SHOW-time!!!"

Yeah, the "dancers" that come on the rush hour F train on my way back to Queens (or any train actually), and dare to ask people to move out of the already crowded way so that they can do their sad excuse for break-dancing (sorry, folks...they suck!), and usually end up nearly kicking myself or someone standing close by.

15 Diane Firstman   ~  Aug 16, 2010 1:29 pm


sad, but true ...

16 YankeeAbby   ~  Aug 16, 2010 1:33 pm


Don't get me started on the mariachi bands!!!


17 FreddySez   ~  Aug 16, 2010 3:25 pm

People who get right up to the turnstile and then start futzing around trying to find their Metrocards. Punch to the back of the head should be not only legal, but obligatory.

Also ditto all the others.

Alas I'm out of NYC these days, actually missing the subway with all its douchery, and reduced to seething at people who drive too slow in the left lane. I'm so flyover now.

18 Eric McCauley   ~  Aug 16, 2010 3:50 pm

Mr. Hock-a-loogie and spitting it on the sidewalk.

Cell phones and open umbrellas all up in my grill while walking down the sidewalk.

Any Disney store, anywhere.

Tip jars, yes. Effing hate them.

[13] Thanks.

I think I live in the same state as [17]. I'd gladly put up with all the funky shyte just to live there.

19 FreddySez   ~  Aug 16, 2010 4:19 pm

[18] Forgot about the umbrellas! Definitely. Bad enough with a normal one wielded poorly; beyond the pale with a giant golf model.

NC, BTW. And I find it's a mixed bag - no zero-sum game. Plenty to love in either place.

20 Raf   ~  Aug 16, 2010 4:38 pm

I rock a golf umbrella, I raise, lower or tilt as necessary. :)

One other thing that really bugs me is people who don't make room on a crowded bus or train by moving their handbags/bookbags/groceries, etc. You paid for one seat, not two!

21 Eric McCauley   ~  Aug 16, 2010 5:22 pm

[19] I (temporarily) live in Oklahoma, land of Mantle and Murcer and truly a flyover spot. It could always be worse, but things are really backwards here. The two "big" cities and two college towns are okay, but the small college town I'm in seems almost beyond repair. There are, however, a couple of Dominican kids from the Bronx who are here on athletic scholarships. Seeing them and the NY hats is always a good thing.

22 omarcoming   ~  Aug 16, 2010 6:41 pm

NY is a joy. I just got back from Amsterdam. The bikes are nuts. We almost got run over.
At least here a car takes you out.

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