Why do Out-of-towners hate New York? What is it about this area that drives people batty? I mean, look at all of the good things we have to offer:
We are the city that never sleeps
We are the home of the largest Jewish population outside of Israel
We are the largest city in the United States (both in area and population)
We are the home to Spiderman
It is so convenient to live here that you don't need to own a car or even have a driver's license
Our mayor's name is known throughout the country (and more commonly than most governors)
I could go on for a while about what makes this city great, but my question is why are we hated? As far as I can tell, there are three possible reasons:
1) The Attitude - OK, I'll admit it, New Yorkers have this "I'm better than you" attitude, but come on, we are. And even if we weren't, that is only a handful of us. Most of us think that out-of-towners may be somewhat as good as we are. That's not our fault. I mean, look at us compared to you. We are just better. We don't waste time "getting to know" a neighbor or "making friends" or being social" or "being nice." we spend time with what's important, like our own families (sometimes) or our jobs (most of the time) or learning (twice a week if it fits our schedules). We know we're better than you are, and it's time you realize it.
2) You're Jealous - I know, it's tough to be on the outside looking in. We realize that where ever you are from can't live up to our great city. I mean, you love to hate us, right? You like to root against our always-competitive sports teams,* you like to take apart our convenient subways and love to mention that we have waaaaaaaay too many shuls and Yeshivas. This is all because you wish that you had these things. You want to live in a place that can afford these luxuries. Well, denial time is over. Come over to our side. Join us and finally be the citizen you've always dreamed of being.
3) Just Because - This is the most cowardly reason of all. You don't have a reason to hate New York, you just do. Just like you hate Michael Jackson's music because it's cool to hate him, or picked on Josh Raskin in fourth grade, just because everyone else was doing it. You don't have an identity, so you're creating one for yourself by hating just to hate. Pathetic.
4) I know I said three, but I'm a New Yorker and the rules don't apply to me. I could do whatever I want, whenever I want, especially on my own blog, and none of you Out-o-townies can do anything to stop me. See, I can even mispell words and not care about well grammar or run-on-sentences why? Because I'm a New Yorker and I said so.
I hope I've clarified a few things for you.
*except the Knicks, we've ostracized them