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    I hated working with stupid 16 year olds at my old job; they are just not very smart.

    "I just love to drive!!" --they why not move to Nebraska where there is no sign of life? Driving isn't even cool.

    He asked for people's opinion and 1,000 people said "don't bring a car!!" No one said to bring it and still every other post was "I still don't know what to do?!?" Seems he just needs to take 15 years to grow up. He'd rather "drive around" somewhere then live in the greatest city on earth.


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    All he had to do was move to a suburb.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NewYorkYankee View Post

    ... what about harm done to your car due to NYC street conditions.

    Everytime I'm in a cab I can't help but notice how huge the pot holes are.
    How HUGE ???

    Take a look ...



    That ^^ is the famous PHOENIX (she has her own dog-gone BLOG !!)

    So HUGE they're admired by the stalwart members of the NYPD ...



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    If a NY state license plate says MD on it is that person a doctor? I would make that guess, but I've never see it before.

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    MD = Doctor
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    Driving is so easy, I don't see why people complain. Maybe I've become accustomed to it. But it's quite funny that the people who complain about driving in Manhattan have never even driven in the city in their life. Almost everybody who could easily afford to own a car would.

    I drive most days, and when I go out on the town in the evening and real late at night it's so easy to drive back to my place instead of looking for a cab or waiting for a subway at 4 am. Parking and traffic are not even too bad in the early evenings and weekends too. Let's not forget about the occasional trip to The Hamptons. I would hate feeling so controlled by public transportation all the time.

    Luckily, my garage is adjacent to my apartment and the valet leaves it out for me.

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    I am a newbie driver, and I find driving in Manhattan pretty intimidating.

    In addition to the "only in New York" other drivers (there's a whole chapter of my book about somebody trying to do a drug deal with me when I'm driving uptown) people just tend to stop and double-park when they feel like it . . . for a new driver, this leads to having to change lanes at the drop of a hat into a dense traffic stream.

    It's not as crazy as Boston but I certainly understand why people prefer having drivers or cabs!!

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    If, after all this, he still brings his car to NYC, he deserves what he gets. NO WAY would I think a car is an important part to life in NYC and I've lived here most of my life, in Manhattan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RICKOWENS View Post
    Driving is so easy, I don't see why people complain. Maybe I've become accustomed to it. But it's quite funny that the people who complain about driving in Manhattan have never even driven in the city in their life. Almost everybody who could easily afford to own a car would.
    I hate driving in the city. HATE it.

    I have done it, on many occasions. People are aggressive, discourteous, and generally (or at least in enough quantity to seem like a majority) breaking the law with many of the things they do.

    I have driven in the city many times and I still don't like it.

    I drive most days, and when I go out on the town in the evening and real late at night it's so easy to drive back to my place instead of looking for a cab or waiting for a subway at 4 am. Parking and traffic are not even too bad in the early evenings and weekends too. Let's not forget about the occasional trip to The Hamptons. I would hate feeling so controlled by public transportation all the time.
    You are siting exceptions to the rule. Driving at 4am. Going to the Hamptons. Not all people have those needs. Not all people can find parking in odd areas where people pretty much spend time camping and staking out their spot on alternate side parking days.

    And not everyone has the money to put it somewhere else.....

    Luckily, my garage is adjacent to my apartment and the valet leaves it out for me.
    That's great. Your Valet. Does your Doorman call your Valet to let him know when you need your car to drive to the Hamptons?

    You sound like Joe Average to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RICKOWENS View Post
    Driving is so easy, I don't see why people complain. Maybe I've become accustomed to it. But it's quite funny that the people who complain about driving in Manhattan have never even driven in the city in their life. Almost everybody who could easily afford to own a car would.

    I drive most days, and when I go out on the town in the evening and real late at night it's so easy to drive back to my place instead of looking for a cab or waiting for a subway at 4 am. Parking and traffic are not even too bad in the early evenings and weekends too. Let's not forget about the occasional trip to The Hamptons. I would hate feeling so controlled by public transportation all the time.
    I cannot take the above seriously because of what you wrote below:

    Quote Originally Posted by RICKOWENS View Post
    Luckily, my garage is adjacent to my apartment and the valet leaves it out for me.
    How many NY'ers can claim this?

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    How many trolls own townhouses under the Brooklyn Bridge?

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    That RickOwens post, is over 6 months old.

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    HA HA HA.

    This thread got bumped by a spam post today that has been removed.

    RICKOWENS was a troll posting from Houston.

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    Faster, Maybe. Cheaper, No. But Driving Has Its Fans.

    By DIANE CARDWELL
    Published: March 31, 2008

    It was the birth of her son a year and a half ago that put Eden Matteson, 30, behind the wheel in Manhattan.

    It is the guarantee of a plush seat that spurs Eugene Yates, 62, to steer his creamy white Jaguar to his maintenance job at a courthouse downtown.

    And it is the ease of ferrying supplies for construction jobs to the soundtrack of his own choosing that draws Warren William, 32, to the Nissan Pathfinder that he has outfitted with a touch-screen radio and DVD player and speakers lining the doors and trunk.

    “I really make my car comfortable,” Mr. William said as he waited for a parking space to open up on Church Street in Lower Manhattan on a rainy afternoon.

    “Every time I step in my car, I have my system, I have my music. I like it really nice and quiet. I like the peacefulness.”

    In his administration’s quest to charge drivers to enter the busiest parts of Manhattan, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has promised to greatly improve mass transit, including increased subway service and faster bus routes with high-tech systems to speed them through intersections.

    But in a city known for crowded subway platforms and standing-room-only buses, many residents, even those with robust public transit options, remain fiercely loyal to their cars. Despite the threat of traffic jams, honking horns and the urban version of road rage, these New Yorkers choose to drive, whether to shave time off their commutes, run their errands with less hassle or have a few moments to themselves inside mobile oases.

    “New York is a transit-rich and transit-oriented place,” said Bruce Schaller, a transportation consultant who is now a deputy commissioner for planning and sustainability at the city’s Department of Transportation.

    Notwithstanding the fact that 1.74 million cars are registered in the city, most New Yorkers travel by public transportation. But for that committed knot of drivers, even enhanced services may not lure them onto fancy new buses, given that, according to Mr. Schaller, 80 percent of the people who drive into Manhattan during the workday already have access to mass transit that would take no more than 15 minutes longer.

    “Most people who are driving will continue to drive,” he said, adding that the reasons are generally convenience and speed, or having waited for a bus in the rain one too many times.

    Indeed, a poll conducted last year for the Partnership for New York City, a business advocacy group that has helped devise and promote the fee proposal, known as congestion pricing, found that most of those who drive do so by choice, not by necessity. As a result, congestion-pricing proponents concluded that the only way to reduce an estimated 810,000 daily vehicle trips into and below Midtown was to charge a fee.

    The proposal, whose future is still in question as it approaches the end of a politically tortuous path through the City Council and the State Legislature, would charge most drivers $8 to enter a zone below 60th Street from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Whether drivers would face a charge to move across town on 60th Street has not yet been determined.

    In the partnership survey, the most frequent reasons given by drivers for shunning public transportation were the freedom to come and go as they liked and the ability to avoid dealing with other people. Mr. William — who lives within 10 minutes of a subway station in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, but said he drove into Manhattan below 60th Street every day — put himself in that camp, saying, “I am just really more comfortable in my car.”

    He said that if the congestion pricing proposal went through, he would pay the fee, and simply charge his customers more to compensate.

    Mr. Yates, too, said he would continue to drive to work despite living in the Bronx only two blocks from the No. 4 train, although he expects it will be in a Jeep once he sells the Jaguar.

    “It’s bad enough, 10 minutes for 25 cents,” he said, feeding the meter on Third Avenue near 76th Street between stretches of shopping for a friend’s daughter at Gymboree. “Then you have to drive around and wait for parking, then you can’t double-park or they make you move.” But he puts up with all this, he said, paying $100 a week for parking, to avoid the subway.

    “I hate standing up when I get in the train station,” he said. “Then you got to wait on the train, then the train is late, then it’s this, then it’s that. I can’t stand the hassle.”

    For some drivers, like Ms. Matteson, who lives on City Island in the Bronx, simply getting a few more minutes of sleep is the key. “It’s just the ease,” she said, sitting in her car on Central Park West near the American Museum of Natural History as her son, Elijah, slept in the back seat.

    “It’s just I have to wake up so much earlier now with the baby, that getting up even earlier ...” she trailed off, shuddering slightly.

    Some New Yorkers, like George Ballina, 65, would drive all the time if there were more parking spots available. A supermarket meat department manager who lives in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and works in the East 20s in Manhattan, Mr. Ballina said he drove in two or three times a week but would stop if the congestion charge was approved.

    “It gets me closer to the job,” he said, sitting in the car with his wife in Lower Manhattan. “From the train you have to walk.” In addition, he said, “it’s an hour and 15 minutes with the train and about 18 minutes with the car. Big difference.”

    Of course, there are others who avoid driving whenever they can. “I just went to pick something up in Midtown, and I thought I was going to shoot myself,” said Judy Aita, 63, as she got out of her car on Central Park West, near where she lives. Ms. Aita said she drives mainly to take her toy poodle, Niles, with her to and from Pennsylvania on weekends, adding that she was in favor of the mayor’s plan.

    “I just see too many people driving when there’s so much available in mass transit, and I guess people take it for granted,” she said. “I think people should just park it and take public transportation.”

    Copyright 2008 The New York Times.

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    I have just read through this entire thread, and it contains some very important lessons.

    Lessons, not only for future New York drivers, but also for the increasing number of starry eyed future New Yorkers.

    Ask your questions about the city by all means, but do a little homework yourself.

    And at the end of the day, read and take in the valuable information you are getting for free on this forum. Don't just ignore it and go your own way.

    Read this thread from the begining, and learn how not to do it.

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