What's Up With The New York Attitude, And How Do I Get One?

What's Up With The New York Attitude, And How Do I Get One?

Why are New Yorkers always rude?

If you've walked the streets of the city, or if you've lived in New York, then I'm sure you've noticed that people are "rude." Yes, some people are rude, but the majority of what you see/are vibing is just the "New York attitude."

One of the first things you may notice from a New Yorker is their resting b*tch face, or RBF.

Even if you are the type of person who naturally doesn't have a RBF, you will soon develop one once living in New York. It will especially be active while commuting on the sidewalks or the subway.

But don't be deceived! You will be able to tell who is actually angry and who is just trying to cross the street, and will also develop the skills of maneuvering through the crowd.

If you haven't noticed already, the pace of things is a lot quicker.

Picking up the pace of walking is one thing to adjust to, but the over all state of mind of New Yorkers are quicker pace too. Punctuality is key in the city. You need X amount of time for transportation whether it be subway, cab, bike, bus, or walking. You need X amount of time TO EAT, which is why $1 pizza is amazing and in fact a thing. Also, the lines for ANY Starbucks will be at least this long, and also for their bathrooms.

Notice this man eating pizza who looks like he's taking a break before he needs to get where he needs to be (also this pizza is amazing):

It may sound like people are complaining, and sometimes they are, but that's just the way New Yorkers explain things.

Don't get me wrong, everyone a part of this city loves it and takes pride just like any other city, but boy do we complain. Everything is too expensive, the streets and subways are really dirty and smelly, when people don't know how to walk right or are in your way, tourists, and the G train. New Yorkers easily bond when they complain about the same thing.

We're really good at ignoring each other.

New York is a crowded place, and sometimes you'll want to take a break from all the fast pace and just sit. You know that if you want to stop for a moment you should be out of anybody's way. And if you're by yourself, you don't want to be bothered. There's a mutual understanding of, you don't bother me I won't bother you.

Waiting for what seems to be a subway that will never come:

Not to mention avoiding people in Midtown trying to get you on one of these.

New Yorkers are actually nice.

Even with all this exterior, New Yorkers are still human beings and have passion. I've heard this from my mother a thousand times, "If you make it in New York, you can make it anywhere." This phrase means a lot, especially to her since she is from out of the country, but this goes to anyone who comes to New York and aren't natives. The best feeling is being able to say you've accomplished something in this city, to call yourself a New Yorker, and to know the hard work that is put into this city.

"If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere, It's up to you, New York, New York!"

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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.

When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...


"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"


Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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