In 1774 John Adams, on his way to Philadelphia to attend the Continental Congress, stopped off in New York. Here is his observation of New Yorkers:
"They talk very loud, very fast and all together. If they ask you ask a question, before you can utter three words of your answer, they will break upon you again and talk away."
More than 200 years later, John Rocker was sent to re-education camp by MLB when he described NYC this way:
"It's the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the [Number] 7 train to the ballpark, looking like you're [riding through] Beirut next to some kid with purple hair next to some queer with AIDS right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It's depressing."
To which Colin Quinn commented:
I hate Rocker, but I have to admit the guy has ridden the 7 train."