Everyone loves to hate douchebags. This handy guide on the left of d-bags by region in the U.S. gave us the motivation to create our own guide of d-bags by region in NYC. New Yorkers, in particular, get off on mocking tourists, weekend warriors and other interlopers too uncool to pass for legit city folk. But those who live in glass condos shouldn't throw stones.
We won't generalize to the point of fully condemning an entire New York 'hood. But we will go all Rorshach test on this trio of youthful, nightlife-heavy neighborhoods equally beloved and despised by their residents and those who would agree to gypsy cab extortion to avoid setting foot in them:
The waterfront is sick, with some of the best skyline views in the city.
Everyone seems young, thin and pretty.
Arguably the best live music scene in NYC, including a recent history of free summer shows.
It's overrun by well-off suburbanites funded by The Bank of Mom and Dad while "keeping it real".
The waterfront is now ground zero for luxury condo eyesores that house them.
Everyone is younger, thinner and prettier than you.
Recent history of lines for free summer shows.
It's (relatively) cheap
It's got the Morgan Library
Juicy Couture-encased ladies
Chockablock with cheap ethnic restaurants and cheaper quirky bars.
History as incubator of radical music, art, literature, theater.
Constant, free entertainment (of the musical, human and canine varieties) in Tompkins Square Park.
St. Mark's between A and 2nd.
Dodging puddles of vomit in front of cheap restaurants and cheaper bars every Saturday and Sunday morning.
Sporadic free muggings in Tompkins Square Park.
St. Mark's between 2nd and 3rd (excluding Grassroots).