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Mar 22, 2012

Top Ten Reasons I Hate Not Having a Car in NY

- Having to take over an hour to get to places that would take 15 minutes by car.
- Crazy people on the subway.
- Not being able to pick up a woman for a date.
- Having to plan out trips based on subway accessibility.
- Not being able to jump in a car and take a drive out somewhere -anywhere -just for kicks.
- That tell-all pause I hear right after I tell a woman from the suburban Boroughs (Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island) I don't have a car.
- Not being up to date on new music because I haven't listened to the radio since high school.
- Hiking; I miss being able to drive out to the middle of nowhere to hike or play in the snow,  or go apple picking.
- That "oh" moment when the woman realizes I won't be picking her up, and gets very quiet.
- Parking. Oh wait, nope... that's the only plus in all of this. Though, I happen to be a natural parallel parker... so I miss out on the glory of fitting into a spot that has two feet of space on either side. Guess that counts.


  1. Heres a great reason to take the train in NY

  2. I also have trouble dating without a car. I know what you mean when the girl hesitates because I'm not picking her up.

    One big reason I don't have a car in NY is because of alternative side parking. (Or finding parking to begin with.) For the few times a month I'd use a car for a date it's just not worth it to move the car all the time.

  3. It's funny, I just wrote a post about this:

    I agree with you, I would love to have a car here, it is so freeing, I miss driving. But my parents had a car when they lived here, no driveway, and they got tickets all the time. It is not worth the hassle.

    But waiting for subways, groan. You miss one connection and your whole trip is thrown off.

  4. As an out of towner, I never missed having a car in NY. I also dated girls at Stern/living in the Heights for the most part, so I didn't really have the travel issues you mention. I think it depends on the circles you date in - because the few girls I dated who were from Long Island or the 5 Towns still volunteered to commute to the city for us to find something better to do on our date.