Today a friend from California visited me. It was her first time in NYC and she brought a stack of rolling luggage because she was just passing on her way to Berlin. The biggest surprise to her, she said, was how nice everyone was. At pretty much every subway stop, strangers opened the emergency exits for her and offered to help carry her luggage up and down the stairs.
The legendary cold rudeness of New Yorkers makes for amusing stories and experiences but is ultimately rare in reality. That’s what I first thought of when I read this story of how Gary Gaddist, a Manhattan garbage man, combed through literal tons of garbage to find a missing wedding ring. Photo by Craig Warga for the New York Daily News.