One thing New Yorkers love to talk about is their home-to-work commute time. Depending on where you live and where you work, getting there and back can be a harrowing, stressful undertaking. Say you live in Astoria and need to get to work in FiDi: Have fun sitting on the N train for an hour! Or you live in the Upper East Side and have to get to 8th Ave. Enjoy the express-train-between-circles-of-Midtown-hell known as the Times Square Shuttle. Just got that sick new places in Williamsburg? How much fun is it to wait 20 minutes for the the notoriously-late L train in Brooklyn? And Taxi cabs? In the morning? Are you f*cking insane? Crosstown buses on the parking lot known as 34th street? You're out of your damn mind.
You get my drift. New Yorkers love talking to the point of ad nauseum about their commute because it's one of the few things we all sorta have in common. Hell, even during my lunch today with an out-of-town collegue I talked about my 20-minute-by-foot commute to the office, "even though taking the subway is still an option." Exciting conversation, you guys. See what you're missing out on by not living here?
The new transportation-related thing every New Yorker must have an opinion about is Bloomberg's Citi Bike share program. Every taxi cab driver I've talked to about it hates it, but every college educated 20-something with a decent office job seems to love it. I've yet to try it out because I don't have a bike helmet yet and I'm scared shitless about biking around lower Manhattan traffic without one on (...the shit i've seen, man... Walk past a ghost bike chained to a sign post, think about the significance, and you'll understand why I want to ride with a helmet on).
One of my favorite New York City indie filmmakers, Casey Neistat, is well-known for his biking adventures around Gotham. He tested the Citi Bike share program out to rate it's commuting "pain-in-the-ass" factor compared to his personal bike and a taxi cab. Then again, he also has the relatively pain-free commute of going from the West Village to Tribeca.