March 30th, 2020 @ 7:33 pm
while watching NY1, something came up the other day about how freelancers and “influencers” (i hate that word), and how they’re hurting through this pandemic. i can understand dancers, musicians and artists, editorial, etc. (you know, artistic freelancing people that actually matter) hurting through this, but GTFOH with this content creator/influencer bullshit. i’m glad that this entitled ass “career” is hurting. don’t all of these little goons realize exactly how unstable and stupid this is as a career path?
don’t get me wrong – there are influencers that i do follow on youtube and IG, but the over-saturation them is ridiculous. even so, the ones i do follow are established and were into this shit before it was *A THING*.
i can understand advertising. i find it annoying AF, but i’d rather watch a commercial on TV than look at some bullshit ass ad on instagram about a mom and her *bLeSsEd LiFe* blog with her kids and a dog, any women trying to sell me a curling iron, and anyone with a fucking subscription box…
if you’re no stranger to my twitter or this website, you’ll already know how much i fucking loathe out of state transplants that move here to NYC. i’m sorry if i ever seem like a broken record, but i hope this city eats them all up and spits them back out into the states they came here from.
i have been alive and aware of my surroundings since the early 80s. i know what the housing situations were in nyc, i know what the rent was, especially here in queens (my mom just left a 3BR apt here in bayside she was paying $1800 a month for. before that, up until 2005 she was paying $1075 for a 3BR apt, and before that $750 for a massive 2BR. the rent went up $725 just for one bedroom. WHY? because idiots kept moving into whitestone/bayside upping the rents, and then idiot real estate people told them it was okay). i was living in my studio apartment in ridgewood in 2010 for $700 per month for years, and when i had to move out, i couldn’t find a studio for less than $1200. IN QUEENS… WHERE NO ONE EVER WANTED TO EVEN GO TO. THAT IS PROBLEMATIC.
i can not wrap my head around what’s gone on here in the last 15 years. a few years ago, i read this book. it made me SO angry, but it opened my eyes to see just how corrupt every mayor was in this city on all fronts. we need a fucking break, and we need someone to step up for us (that’s why i fucking love AOC – she does). not just us for us long time residents, but also the mom and pop shops. commercial stores are hurting. since the bill didn’t pass for commercial rent control last year, i just feel like there’s no hope in sight. it’s just going to be bullshit chains in most storefronts.
i know i am a super whiny new yorker, but it’s so hard to see what it is now and what it was then. the authenticity, the grime, the art, the flavor, the inspiration. i know it probably sounds like i’m romanticizing this city how it was – but it was so good. i got the last, small taste of it in the mid and late 90s when i became a teenager and hung out all over the village, soho and LES. i would love to feel that again before i die. i know i won’t, though.
shit, even bob’s burgers knows it:
Tina Belcher: [after Bob only gets a packet of seeds instead of an acceptance letter to the community garden] Why would they send those?
Bob Belcher: I don’t know, Tina. I guess to remind me of the beautiful place that exists that I’ll never get to be a part of!
Tina Belcher: Like the boys’ locker room.
Gene Belcher: Or New York in the ’90s!
anyways, back to my complaint. these fashion/travel/brand influencers are fucking it up for everyone. i know people that have to live with three other people just to be here in the boroughs. WHO WANTS TO LIVE LIKE THIS? it is so aggravating, and it’s fucking it up for people that want to live alone or with decent rent. the rent to pay ratio is insane. no one can save money and we’re all living paycheck to paycheck. it’s not fair.
if i were mayor, i’d make it so that everyone would have to prove they can afford to pay their own rent without any roommates or help for 3-5 years and if they couldn’t hack it, they’d get the fuckin’ boot (i know, only in my wildest dreams). temporary city livin’, lol.
i really hope this pandemic is the thing that totally pops the bubble in this city and gives all of us natives a break for a decade or two. i can’t see how these cornballs will want to stay here. MTA is basically fucked – they were already fucked – and now they’re really financially hurting. no one is going to want to live here with no functioning public transportation options. also: there are WAY too many uber and lyft drivers. the roads will be condensed as fuck, too. like, what’s the solution there?
when they announced they were working on the L train, these little whiny cunts complained and had meltdowns when all they had to do was walk over the bridge or walk to the M train. if they think THAT was going to be a headache, wait until they’re FUCKED after this pandemic.