Been coming to NY for work for years and there’s definitely a level of crazy that wasn’t even here when I covered 2020 primaries. Like I’ve been to Chelsea plenty but this was the first trip there where a mentally disturbed guy called me a “bitch-ass” and chucked a rock at me.
It was basically Twitter but with a rock instead of a reply pointing out a typo.
He was gone in am but left an emoji-perfect dump on the street.
My experience in most cities in last year (and since new CDC guideline) has been that the residential parts of cities are back but the lack of downtown foot traffic makes the unhoused population much more noticeable.
Taking the C back to Brooklyn; panhandler went through car, growing annoyed that most people (as usual) ignored him. Performatively coughed w/o mask (with a sarcastic “excuuuuse me”) on way out. I bonded w dude one seat over: “I gave him $2, why’d he do that?”
Taking the C back to Brooklyn; panhandler went through car, growing annoyed that most people (as usual) ignored him. Performatively coughed w/o mask (with a sarcastic “excuuuuse me”) on way out. I bonded w dude one seat over: “I gave him $2, he didn’t need to do all that!”
Anyway, two unpleasant experiences over four days, whatever

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