why is Manhattan so dirty but expensive?

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It's interesting that people constantly talk about how "glamorous" and "upscale" Manhattan is, but with the exceptions of a few prime areas like fifth, park, and central park west, the island is pretty dirty. there's garbage bags on every street corner, especially in downtown neighborhoods, the buildings are old and grimy, and even "nice" areas like chelsea and upper west side, have MASSIVE housing projects. or to take another example, check out the PATH station in christopher street, which is in west village, a supposedly nice area. it's completely ghetto and full of drug dealers and trannies.

So given such appalling conditions, it doesn't make sense that Manhattan is so expensive. why do people pay such exorbitant fees in rent and other expenses to live in such filth?

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Jul 7, 2008

It is where the jobs are and we all aspire to live in those 3 locations. SO you pay as much as you can to live as close as possible to the jobs and supply and demand kicks in...it is a bitch

Jul 7, 2008

Yea, agreed. People want to live close to the money. And nobody likes making an hour commute from Jersey when you are working 90 hours per week, you just want to get home so you pay what you have to for it.

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Jul 7, 2008

Because demand is higher than in other cities such as Chicago, hence the higher prices.

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Jul 8, 2008

Get over it. Chicago blows.

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Jul 8, 2008

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Jul 8, 2008

Hmm, I work in lower manhattan, and to put it in perspective... I could see families having cookouts and drinking wine on their terraces while I was working. They seemed to be just fine

Jul 8, 2008

Reminded me of Cuba minus the piss/trash smell.

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Jul 8, 2008

More importantly, do you think SoHo has become too commercial?

Jul 8, 2008
BTbanker:

More importantly, do you think SoHo has become too commercial?

Yes, I read that

Jul 8, 2008
BTbanker:

More importantly, do you think SoHo has become too commercial?

Definitely. I live down here and it's gotten progressively worse over the past two years. My lease ends on the 11th and while I love lower Manhattan and what was the original Soho vibe, it's sadly lost a ton of that feel. You really only get it on the fringes now, out west past Greene or east into Nolita past Lafayette. Weekends are murder. Nothing like having some time outside of the office for once and getting put into a homicidal fury at having to fight your way through the thronging crowds swarming up and down the streets.

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Jul 8, 2008

yeah man lower manhattan is a dump.

tribeca
soho
west village
greenwich village

these are the worst, poorest neighborhoods in the city. stay away!!

Jul 8, 2008

Way too many tourists, it's getting nearly as bad as midtown. Tribeca is still a great place to hang out after work though.

Jul 8, 2008

Isn't that the trend for all great things? All temporary. Look for the next great area and perhaps considering moving to Dumbo. It's close enough and has a relatively good atmosphere.

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Jul 8, 2008

On the topic of cities, I just got done staying in Chicago for a few days and was not impressed. I have often heard that Chicago is much cleaner than NYC but after visiting both cities I can confidently say that is untrue. Saying somewhere is less shitty than New York is like saying a one-time pedophile is a better person than Jerry Sandusky--maybe so but still a terrible person. Chi town is full of homeless people and trash.

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Jul 8, 2008
ChrisHansen:

On the topic of cities, I just got done staying in Chicago for a few days and was not impressed. I have often heard that Chicago is much cleaner than NYC but after visiting both cities I can confidently say that is untrue. Saying somewhere is less shitty than New York is like saying a one-time pedophile is a better person than Jerry Sandusky--maybe so but still a terrible person. Chi town is full of homeless people and trash.

I hope you weren't just making that statement based on all the wooks in Wicker Park. North Side (Lincoln Park/Gold Coast) is still nice, don't mess with the South Side.

Jul 8, 2008

lower Manhattan was made on garbage, true story http://www.lostmag.com/issue22/garbageland.php
And I agree lower Manhattan is trash, tons of construction and tourist and certain places smell like shit. NYC is quite an overrated city way too populated IMO. And I was born here and still live here. I think i need to miss NYC to appreciate it more, how is L.A, San Fran I feel like moving to those places or living there for awhile would be exciting.

Jul 8, 2008

It has it's charm. Century 21 shoes is a gold mine if you are in the market for new brogues. Still like going to Adrienne's or Ulysses on stone street for old times. The tourists are always there but it's New York.

Jul 8, 2008

Lower Manhattan completely sucks ass, until you compare it to Midtown. Then, it seems like paradise.

Jul 8, 2008
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