50 Things New Yorkers Fear More Than ISIS

50 Things New Yorkers Fear More Than ISIS

Bad pizza is scarier than ISIS.
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So, by now everyone has heard of the Chelsea bombing. It has struck fear in NYC and in the country, but we are resilient as a whole in NYC. We will keep going, we will watch for you, and we will keep going on with daily life but remain vigilant. Nothing stops New Yorkers, and here's a list of things that can't stop us that we actually fear:

1. Tourists (sorry, guys).
2. People asking us for directions.
3. Rush hour traffic.
4. Delayed subways.
5. Times Square crowds.
6. Long lines.
7. Huge subway rats.
8. Bad pizza.
9. Crossing the street (sometimes).
10. Cab drivers.
11. Pigeons pooping on you.
12. Huge piles of garbage.
13. Bed bugs.
14. Roaches.
15. Restaurants with a "B" grade.
16. Getting groped/flashed on the subway.
17. Not getting a seat on the subway.
18. A lot of the people on the subway.
19. Bad bagels.
20. Hugs.
21. Dog poop.
22. Being late to work.
23. Being late to anything.
24. Falling A.C. units.
25. Their Con-Ed bill.
26. Rising rent.
27. Gentrification.
28. Homelessness.
29. Tiny apartments.
30. Seeing someone you know (it's easy to, trust me).
31. Going to Long Island. At all. Period.
32. The Gowanus Canal.
33. Rats in the toilet.
34. A subway passenger getting sick next to you.
35. Humans of New York finding you and you have nothing to say.
36. The people who non-stop perform on the subway.
37. People defecating/peeing in the subway.
38. The smell of the subway in the summer.
39. A commute without headphones.
40. Hurricanes.
41. Bicyclists (we hate them, usually)
42. Their favorite deli/bar closing.
43. Falling asleep on the subway/bus and waking up in a random place.
44. Walking on top of subway grates.
45. Being pick pocketed.
46. Random water droplets from the sky and it's not raining.
47. Unplanned MTA "improvements" that last days/weeks.
48. Talking to strangers.
49. Being pushed/falling off the subway platform.
50. Those people in the costumes in Times Square.

















































783. Terrorists.


























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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Past Legal And Modern Social Apartheid

An opinion piece on past legal Apartheid in South Africa and how it is socially reflected in the United States.

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When stepping inside of a solitary cell at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg, I felt a tightness in my chest and wanted to leave that small space immediately; imagining a Black South African who broke the pass laws during Apartheid being in there is beyond disturbing. Due to laws such as the Native (Urban) Areas Act No 21 of 1923, the Bantu/Native Building Workers Act of 1951, and the Bantu Homelands Citizens Act of 1970, Black South Africans during Apartheid were extremely limited in where they could live, detrimentally affecting their economic and employment opportunities. When touring the former Constitutional Hill prison, the guide told us that, when Black South Africans were caught without passes permitting their stay in Joburg for the day and/or night, they spent 5 days in prison, along with murderers and others who committed serious crimes. If caught multiple times breaking these pass laws, they would spend 5 years in this prison. Most of those who violated these pass laws were unemployed or sought better employment in Joburg; this is understandable, as a person has a better chance of having a job by being there physically. When thinking further about the lack of opportunity they suffered from due to the aforementioned laws creating this effect, this legal repercussion becomes further and further disturbing. Additionally, this also directly led to the creation of "White" and "Black" areas, where Whites lived in areas of better opportunity (ex. cities, suburbia), and Blacks were subjected to living in poverty and townships where there was limited economic and employment opportunities.

This lack of opportunity is echoed in the U.S. when looking at socially designated "White" and "Black" areas. Trayvon Martin was murdered by George Zimmerman essentially because he thought Martin "was not where he belonged", which was in a nice suburban area. As a person of color myself, I have been stared at in museums, followed in stores, and once at 12 years old kicked out of a shop (I did not do anything wrong), because I "stuck out". In this way, society told me (and violently told Martin) that we don't belong in those areas, that we "belong" in ghettos or prison; the racial demographics of populations in U.S. prisons will support me here. Therefore, by society socially designating where people "belong", not only do they bind themselves in their own ignorance, but also prevent people of color from sharing the same access to plentiful life and economic opportunity.

References

Native (Urban) Areas Act No 21 of 1923: Prevented Black South Africans from leaving designated area without a pass. The ruling National Party saw this as keeping Whites "safe" while using Blacks for cheap labor.

Bantu/Native Building Workers Act of 1951: Allowed Black South Africans to enter the building industry as artisans and laborers. Restricted to "Native" areas. Prevented competition between Whites, Coloureds, and Blacks. Could not work outside a designated area unless given special permission.

Bantu Homelands Citizens Act of 1970: All Black South Africans would lose their South African citizenship/nationality over time. Would not be able to work in "South Africa" due to being aliens. Black South Africans would have to work inside their own areas and could only work in urban areas if they had special permission from the Minister.


South African History Online. "Apartheid Legislation 1850s-1970s." South African History Online, South African History Online, 11 Apr. 2016, www.sahistory.org.za/article/apartheid-legislation....

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