Gortat: NYC is a dirty, smelly city
Old 11-02-2010, 01:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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"The only thing I remember about New York is - it's sad - but it's terribly dirty," Gortat said. "And it smells bad, too. I'm sorry to say that, and I know New York fans will hate me probably. But it's an incredibly city, great city, great fans... I love the fans and I love the famous people. I remember my rookie year I was sitting in the second row trying to find as many famous people as possible. But now, the memories I got is it's just a dirty, dirty place."
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Old 11-02-2010, 02:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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it so is. Being a veteran at going to NYC (gone last 5 years, same weekend) I can say that it is, infact a disgusting city, especially to walk around in. After just 2 days, the bottoms of my shoes were so black it was a joke, and all i did was walk on sidewalks (no rain)
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Old 11-02-2010, 02:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i have a feeling the smell comes in from Jersey.
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Never been to NYC.. Cali is bettaaa
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as someone who is very fond of New York i don't entirely disagree. Although i like my cities scruffy and a little rough around the edges.
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A friend of mine who's been to NYC quite abit says it's alot cleaner then it used to be. She said people who complain should have spent time there in the 90's.
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i'll just say that it's not much different from Toronto re: dirtiness, odour, litter, etc.
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i'll just say that it's not much different from Toronto re: dirtiness, odour, litter, etc.
Not even by a long shot my friend. Its like the entire city of Manhattan is as dirty as china town during the garbage strike .... well midtown and downtown, uptown (everything north of central park is a different story
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I think it really depends on where you are in NYC. Obviously if you're in a "bad" neighborhood then ones experience is going to be negative. The majority of the subway stations, for example, are disgusting. Don't walk there with flip flops. Many tourist locations like Times Square are actually gross because there's so much people.

Chinatown is filthy and the smells are not nice. The smoke from the subway is also unpleasant.

Outsiders don't usually venture in residential areas that are better kept. There's pockets in downtown and near central park that are remarkably clean and well maintained. A lot of it depends on financial circumstances/wealthier locations.

But what do you really expect when several million people live on such a small island?
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i have a feeling the smell comes in from Jersey.
Jersey actually does have a horrible Oder is the noticeable anywhere near the shoreline
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Not even by a long shot my friend. Its like the entire city of Manhattan is as dirty as china town during the garbage strike .... well midtown and downtown, uptown (everything north of central park is a different story
I've been to Toronto 3 times and didn't have a positive experience.

There's corporate pockets in downtown NY that are incredibly well maintained. But of course you can walk several blocks, say towards Broadway Ave and more west and you'll run into a lot of cheap electronic stores and such... these areas are dirty.

Penn station itself is okay relative to the amount of traffic, but walking north on 8th from Penn to Grand Central is gross. Adult stores, homeless people, crappy stores selling bootleg things. In Midtown, near corporate buildings and 5th ave stores (from Nike store to Louis Vuitton) it's very well kept... all the way to central park with starts at 57th. Yes at the start of southern Central Park can get somewhat dirty because of so many tourist but it's not that bad compared to other cities. 5 & 57th area is amazing considering the amount of traffic.

From 57th to 90th (end of White Harlem) it's very nice for the most part. Then you get Spanish Harlem which is gross. On 105th you get real Harlem and all the way upto 220th and other than at Columbia University it's really sketchy and dirty.

No way Toronto is much cleaner than NY. Maybe Quebec City is spotless (only been there once). To say that NY is entirely as chinatown if compared to Toronto then that's ridiculous.
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No way Toronto is much cleaner than NY. Maybe Quebec City is spotless (only been there once).
That i disagree with, but then again let's not get into a pissing match over what city is a little cleaner then the other.
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I think it really depends on where you are in NYC. Obviously if you're in a "bad" neighborhood then ones experience is going to be negative. The majority of the subway stations, for example, are disgusting. Don't walk there with flip flops. Many tourist locations like Times Square are actually gross because there's so much people.

Chinatown is filthy and the smells are not nice. The smoke from the subway is also unpleasant.

Outsiders don't usually venture in residential areas that are better kept. There's pockets in downtown and near central park that are remarkably clean and well maintained. A lot of it depends on financial circumstances/wealthier locations.

But what do you really expect when several million people live on such a small island?
of course man. Big cities are big cities. as i said earlier it's not much different than toronto and i totally stand by that. Toronto's china town = same. Yonge, Dundas square area = same, shitty pockets like parliment, sherbourne alan gardens = same as shitty pockets in NY. Maybe NY's shitty pockets are bigger, but that only makes sense as NY is much bigger and more dense. Not that any of this stuff bothers me as i said earlier i love both cities and would rather spend time there than Orlando or suburban anytown USA.
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That i disagree with, but then again let's not get into a pissing match over what city is a little cleaner then the other.
I think Toronto is cleaner overall because it's not as densely populated as NY... plus its more spread out. Not arguing over cleaner city, just clarifying that NY in its entirety is no way as dirty as Chinatown in Toronto.

Almost 2 million people reside in Manhattan which is only about 23 square miles. Ah, you guys use the metric system. :facepalm:

Personally I would never want to live in NYC. Like now, I prefer the suburbs. I live 20 miles from Manhattan on Long Island... half a mile walk to the Long Island Sound and plenty of grass/trees.
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Almost 2 million people reside in Manhattan which is only about 23 square miles. Ah, you guys use the metric system. :facepalm:

Other then the US who doesn't?
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Other then the US who doesn't?
Idk. I was just kidding. I don't know which one is better/simpler/etc. Americans just wanted to differentiate themselves. At least we got the driving on the better side of the road correctly over England.
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Other then the US who doesn't?
OWNED! lol, i love it when Americans actually think that we are the ones living in the stone age on our metric system.......mph and feet.....what a fail
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Idk. I was just kidding. I don't know which one is better/simpler/etc. Americans just wanted to differentiate themselves.

No they didn't, they tried to convert like the rest of the developped world in the 70's and there was too much of an uproar because they didn't want change or learn something new.
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OWNED! lol, i love it when Americans actually think that we are the ones living in the stone age on our metric system.......mph and feet.....what a fail
I have no issue with the metric system... it was a joke. Incorrectly assumed that I implied the system was backwards. But anyway, just because the vast majority of the population uses/believes something doesn't mean its accurate/better. That thinking is dangerous.
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oh no a joke about the metric system! Canadian brethren: Let us defend at all costs for the pride of our country!
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