East Coast vs. West Coast, Part One: The Stereotype of Rude New Yorkers

Joel Eisenberg
7 min readJan 4, 2020

I’ve split my time primarily between New York and California for the better part of 50 years. I can speak on this.

Hold a second.

Is the concept of the rude New Yorker a myth, or a stereotype?

I prefer the former, though I know if I went there I’d be deluged with example after example of readers saying they’ve had horrific experiences with my east coast brethren.

So “stereotype” it is.

For the moment.

I was born and raised in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, on January 14,1964. All told, I’ve lived 23 years in New York — between Brooklyn, Queens and Middletown, counting some moves — and 29 years in Southern California.

For the record, nearly four years were spent in Aurora, Colorado … which has nothing to do with this article.

I love New York. I graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.A. degree in Special Education, and spent one day nearly every weekend in Greenwich Village’s Washington Square Park, leaning against trees working on my writing craft.

I spent an inordinate amount of time writing some truly bad poetry … but thankfully that aspect of my writing career-in-progress I gave up on early.

It’s all prose and screenplays now.

The remainder of those weekends were spent uptown, usually around the Central Park area and regardless of the winter snow.

I never stayed over; I took the subways at all hours back and forth between Brooklyn and Manhattan. They were graffiti-ridden at the time, and not necessarily known as the safest method especially of nighttime transportation though I was never bothered.

Yesterday:

Today:

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Joel Eisenberg

Joel Eisenberg is an award-winning author, screenwriter, and producer. The Oscar in the profile pic isn’t his but he’s scheming. WGA and Pen America member.