This is nice but we have much better ice cream places in New York.
July 8, 2012 2:38 PM Subscribe
What do I tell New Yorkers when they disparage Boston, my home town?
posted by anonymous to Society & Culture (71 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I've just moved to NYC last weekend and was at a small rooftop party for the Fourth to watch the fireworks, and one of the first people I meet there asks where I'm from, and when I say "Boston", his response is "I'm not going to beat about the bush, Boston is the worst city in the world." Then he goes off on a tirade about drunk Irish dudes getting into fights at bars and the non-existent nightlife and the too-homogenous population.
I just said my experience was different as I moved in different circles.
Another example from the party: we had a great view of the river and I say to my boyfriend, a New Yorker: "Wow, this looks just like Boston!" He goes to our host and repeats my comment and they all laugh heartily.
Yesterday on a walk in Central Park we come to a pretty pond, and my boyfriend says to me: "You don't have this in Boston, do you?"
Also, when my boyfriend and his daughter visited me in Boston, they would constantly comment that New York had better ice cream, bagels, Spanish food, nightlife... I was offended as their hostess.
So, hive mind, help me figure out a good comeback to stop this unnecessary and hurtful display of arrogance. Of course a city vastly more populous will have more and better options. Why do they feel the need to compare in the first place?