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Is NEW YORK CITY becoming too CROWDED?

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I have started to realize more CONS than PROS living in the big city. When a place becomes too crowded to live in, it starts to mess up the flow of things. People become very difficult to deal with, hence the reputation New Yorkers have as being "tough". Sometimes living in a big city, it brings isolation.

People ride the subway and buses with their ear phones on solely minding to their own selves. As a city of hustle and bustle, people have become hard to approach. Almost everyone is in a rush to their destination. Some things I found to be very irritating:

  • Shopping at Walmart/Target have gotten to be a pain. I will receive the circulars a week in advance, by the time I get there, the shelves are empty. I almost never get a chance to enjoy the sales due to the fact that there is not enough inventory for the amount of people congested in one city (Queens). It's like co-existing with animals fighting for the first kill on a first come first serve basis. (Because of this, I have made the decision to do my shopping online). Forget about rain checks, it will take too long.
  • Parking & Traffic Jams. Parking used to be $0.25 per 30 mins. But because there is such a huge demand, it is now $0.25/10 mins (ofcourse now parking meters accept credit cards, since no one wants to carry around all those quarters!). Every where I go, there are people fighting for a parking spot as to who arrived at the spot first. I can't believe our society has come down to fighting like diseased dogs for a parking spot! Not to mention the traffic commute everyday is unbearable. You can always count on bumper to bumper traffic at the hours of 9AM and 5PM. Go figure!
  • Public Transportation. Some people will give up driving for public transportation but that isn't always easy either. We pay $2.25 for a one way ticket to be stuffed into a crowded bus while sometimes there is no AC during a 100 deg weather! Many times, the bus won't even stop for you due to its loaded capacity and you end up waiting for the next one that will pass you as well. The cleanliness of our subway tracks are not the greatest as well. Rodents that are the size of racoons roam freely while we stand on the plat form waiting for our train.
gangstabarbie posted Jun 28, 2012

Ugh, gangstabarbie, you're making NYC sound AWFUL! No one's going to want to visit now. Haha. You're right though - it gets stuffy. I think you notice it more during the summer since Subway stations get SO hot and you just don't want to be near anyone.
Maybe it's time to find a summer home? Or stay with some friends some place cooler and less stressful/crowded? :P
I still like visiting the city because I like the crowdedness every now and then

arsiel (rep: 13.1k) posted Jun 28, 2012


arsiel, yes the city is good for "every now and then" but stay in Jersey :)

gangstabarbie (rep: 21k) posted Jun 28, 2012


Hahaha, I try to. Though... the drivers here are pretty mean and crazy too. There's just more room to be mean and crazy

arsiel (rep: 13.1k) posted Jun 28, 2012


Just think what it would be like if all the people who commute to NYC from the Poconos, Jersey, Philly, etc all lived in the city.

Acidbaby (rep: 7k) posted Jun 28, 2012


It's no problem for me because I live 5 minutes away from my job. I moved just to be closer and it was all worth it. It used to take me 30 minutes to travel 8 miles to work everyday.

lilywow (rep: 8.7k) posted Jun 28, 2012


When I was young I wanted to live in the city. The older I've gotten, the less I want to be there. I think what you are feeling is the natural progression of maturity. Welcome to adulthood. Didn't start to form for me until around 25, regardles of what the law says. :-)

nthsll (rep: 12.5k) posted Jun 28, 2012


move too Green Bay......

encorez (rep: 10k) posted Jun 28, 2012


Green Bay![:

anniesierramk (rep: 7) posted Jun 29, 2012


i used to live in ny then moved to florida i still visit every summer and every time i go it just reminds me to stay here where i dont have to worry about the fast and crazy life that i used to live.

rd995 (rep: 151k) posted Jun 29, 2012


And you're just beginning to realize that NOW? I live in Miami for that reason- and I can't stand it when the NYers come!

MdavidK30 (rep: 3.7k) posted Jun 29, 2012


^ good move. It may be time to move to the suburbs.

gangstabarbie (rep: 21k) posted Jun 29, 2012


Great move.It can remit this situation of New York

lovercase (rep: 4) posted Jun 30, 2012


It might be simply relative to your experience and your preferences. I live in a small town in a rural area that would probably feel like being dropped in the Grand Canyon to you but I feel like it is getting too crowded. I wouldn't last a day in NYC lol

erick99 (rep: 432k) posted May 19, 2013


I don't like living in a crowded city. I like quiet. like nthsll said, it comes with age :)

ancagavs (rep: 18.4k) posted May 20, 2013


Yeah me too. a crowded City makes your time soooo fast

alicepattinson (rep: 130) posted May 21, 2013


I would never live there. The mayors attack on the Second Amendment is disgusting to me.

akaricke (rep: 161k) posted May 24, 2013


I like the hustle and bustle of a big city as a tourist. Just wandering around taking in sights without a care in the world. Im thinking about taking the wife for a weekend getaway early June, just a nice weekend alone with no kids and take in some markets and sights.

Acidbaby (rep: 7k) posted May 24, 2013