Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
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Ed Koch Tells The Truth About Easily-Offended New Yorkers

“New Yorkers are thought to be very tough and thick-skinned. Just the contrary: we are very thin-skinned. We don’t like to be insulted. Most people who live in New York weren’t born here. They come from every country in the world, so they bring with them their own traditions. And one of the traditions is being thin-skinned.”
Ed Koch is right. New Yorkers are often insensitive to the feelings of others, while being very sensitive when it comes to their own. (Our own.)

Photo by Boss Tweed, from Flickr.

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boyofdestiny (#1,243)

Anyone that's ever told a New Yorker that it's possible to get an edible slice of pizza or bagel anywhere else in the universe knows this lesson well.

deepomega (#1,720)

"Most people who live in New York weren’t born here. They come from every country in the world, so they bring with them their own traditions. And one of the traditions is being thin-skinned."

Huh. New York really IS unique among cities, with its massive quantity of non-natives.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

Nice mix of sarcasm and disdain. You'd make a fine New Yorker!

deepomega (#1,720)

TheAwl is a bad influence.

olmucky (#542)

Slow news day. Be funner, internet.

Leon (#6,596)

Fuck you, I'm not thin-skinned or insensitive to others you wrinkly old prick.

roboloki (#1,724)

i see what you did there.

Leon (#6,596)

In non-ironic fronts, that was actually my first instinct genuinely. He's kind of right. Although I would argue that – especially when it comes to attacks on our city itself – we're so fucking defensive because it's such a massive ball-ache just to live here, we need to keep not only others but primarily ourselves convinced that it is worth paying out the nose for tiny places near the BQE where the soot comes in so damn much I can't walk around in just socks.

That explains Gawker releasing my username and password to the Internet.

Annie K. (#3,563)

Insensitive to other people and hypersensitive to yourself is the mark of jerks nationwide.

Miles Klee (#3,657)

Study is flawed; Balk is bringing up the average sensitivity quotient for all five boroughs.

hman (#53)

"How'm I doin'? I mean, I really need to know. Please?"

Vulpes (#946)

"I got yo' 'sensitivity' right 'ereeeeeeee!"

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