Boris Chen, 22, moved to New York from California early in July for a job with a finance company in Midtown. He is still trying to stomach what feels to him like a whole new brand of rude.
Mr. Chen also had to get over his lingering childhood fear of taxi drivers, which he believed came from movies. “I always thought any time I got into taxis they were going to kidnap me, and I was going to die,” he said.
Newcomers Adjust, Eventually, to New York
There also usually comes a time, early on, when newcomers must accept that the city is a power greater than they are.
“My friend said, ‘The city abuses you, and you just have to abuse it back,’ ” said Ms. Sirkin, who grew up in California and moved to New York reluctantly...
Ms. Sirkin’s friend Sarah Kasbeer also recalled being consumed by a common strain of existential New York City angst: the sense that no matter where one is, something better is happening — the real New York is in full swing — somewhere else.
This reminds me of a former co-worker of mine who had come from Phoenix and was always broke. I said to her, "You and I have the same title and make the same money, but you share your apartment with 2 roommates. I live alone and after paying my bills in full, still have money left at the end of the month...so how can you be broke?" She couldn't explain it. The more I spoke with her the clearer the picture became. She simply had to have the latest high-priced accessories and clothes so she could enter trendy clubs and restaurants in order to feel like "a real New Yorker." Once my friend discovered that living the "hip" NYC lifestyle wasn't all it was cracked up to be, she stopped being a wild child, found she wasn't missing out on much and was actually pretty happy.
Now the guy that thinks cab drivers are going to murder him sounds like he has some serious issues. Maybe KingofNYCabbies can analyze this dude.