Get a Life (On Second Thought…Don’t. You’re Too Amusing)
A recent Wired magazine graph (picked up by Gawker.com) reveals a breakdown of what New York City residents like to bitch and moan about, according to complaint and neighborhood. Using information culled from more than 100 million calls to the city’s NYC311 call center (basically, a 911 for fielding complaints), the graph sheds some light on what bothers New Yorkers the most (noise) and where the biggest complainers happen to live (Brooklyn — go figure).
While this information can be useful for planning your next apartment move to a complacent borough (Manhattan) or solving the great Maple Syrup Mystery of 2005, I find it precious for another reason: Even people in NYC have too much time on their hands.
In much the same way that the police log from a suburban weekly tells the story of bored retirees calling the cops on wily squirrels up to no good, this graph proves that you can still be caught up in the rat race in the city that never sleeps, but it won’t stop you from speed-dialing NYC311 about a suspiciously parked car (aka, an idling taxi). Good for you, New York.
Posted by Amelia