Yesterday, the Washington Square News published an op-ed in response to a poll calling New York the “unfriendliest” city in the country. “These people are right in their assessment,” started the piece, “and to them, we New Yorkers would like to say, ‘We don’t like you either.’”
This is a frustrating sentiment, but let’s try to pick it apart.
Face it. We know you. You’re not a rude person. You’re actually pretty awesome to hang around. So why does being a “New Yorker” suddenly give you the right to throw decency out the top floor of the new World Trade Center?
Living here doesn’t afford you the right to be a dick. You’re no more important in New York as you are anywhere else—and in fact, living as a college student in a city of millions you’re probably less important.