Things we have learned from New York with 'How I Met Your Mother'
With permission from Woody Allen and Friends, Ted Mosby and Co. may be the fictional characters who most adore the Big Apple. Blindly. And in the eight seasons they have taught us many secrets about her.
“This is the most amazing city in the world,” says Ted Mosby in one of the chapters (and then embarking on it against New Jersey). And that neither he, nor Marshall, nor Robin, of course, were born and raised there. Only Lily (from Brooklyn) and Barney (from Staten Island) can be considered authentic New Yorkers. The series, like Friends, is not even shot in New York, but in Los Angeles sets, but its creators, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, were based on their life in the "most incredible city in the world" and have put many of their experiences in the mouth of these brave New Yorkers from whom we have learned good things and some bad or, weird, like ...
1) IN NEW YORK EVERYONE HAS SEEN WOODY ALLEN
And if you have not seen it as much as you visit the year or live here, you are not a real new yorker. That is what everyone tells Robin, who has never seen him. This is easy to solve, You have two options: 1) Walk up and down the Upper East Side (he lives on 70th Street, it seems) 2) Go to Hotel Carlyle on a Monday night to hear him play the clarinet next to his jazz band. The ticket is worth between 195 and 125 dollars. Of course, always take a look at the calendar because he is not every Monday and if it comes to hearing good jazz in New York, there are much cheaper places.
2) GOOD HOLIDAYS ARE MADE IN THE ROOFTOPS
More and more houses in New York open their attics for all neighbors. On the rooftops and even more now that summer begins, the city moves. In them, hopefully, you can find your 'Slutty Pumpkin' ... sorry, your better half or, who knows, can start the (eternal) story of how you met the mother of your children. If you don't know anyone with rooftop there are two options: go to one of these bars with the best views of the city or sign up for the Rooftop Film Festival, open-air cinema but touching the sky.
3) WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A MACLAREN'S ON THE CORNER
The pub where the five friends meet, supposedly located on the Upper West Side (near 86) where they all live, except Barney, who complains about being "23 minutes by taxi." It's the typical New York night club of beer and greasy food all day. As with Friends Central Perk, MacLaren's is a set in a Hollywood studio. The difference is that this one is inspired by a real one, the McGee's Pub (240 W 55St).
Parties on terraces, all the time © D.R
4) NEW JERSEY NO MOLA
"There is nothing I hate more than New Jersey," Ted says in How I Met Your Mother, although she was about to move there for love. Yes, after Canada, New Jersey is probably the place they get the most into the series. It is true that it is not an especially exciting state, the area next to the river (Newark, Hoboken ...) is practically a suburb of New York ... But, uh, if only by following in the footsteps of Tony Soprano or visiting the more than recommended outlets (Jersey Gardens, Jersey Shore Premium), it's not that hateful, isn't it? Marshall will tell you that he prefers: "New York is a city made for small people."
5) THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE IS IN MANHATTAN
Well, there is probably one in every city in the world, but it is true that in New York things fly in the street, are broken, old, used, or are horrible ... And most likely they will reappear in one of the multiple markets of the city.
6) DO NOT REMEMBER WHERE IS THE BEST HAMBURGER IN THE WORLD
A classic. "Once I ate the best hamburger / sushi / puppy / cocktail ... it was around here, it had an X-colored door, an XX sign." This happens to Marshall, when he moved to the city, the first night, he ate the best hamburger in the world, so good it was that he underestimated such classic places as Corner Bistro. Finally they find her, after a whole day of bribes, trips ... Moral: always carry with you a guide of the best hamburgers and a notebook where to point new places In New York. And, of course, think that the next time you come, it will have become something else.
7) THERE ARE SOME GIRLS WHO SAY "WOOOOO"
In Spain it is more "Uuuuh", but they also exist. The great thing about New York, as the series says, is that the girls who say "Woooooo" have their own bar. What we see in season 4 is a set in Los Angeles, but in Manhattan there is one that they could be inspired by, the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. They even serve the glasses in glasses shaped like a Texas boot.
8) THE METER IS FASTER THAN TAXI
"Any New Yorker knows," says Lily contemptuously. The trick is to control local and express lines well, change yourself running expressly if you cross one, and have the plane as soon as possible in your head. Of course, attention to the constant changes in the routes, announced by public address, but do not despair, it takes years to understand what the driver says. Robin, an English-speaking Canadian, after six years in the city, is still happening. And if you get very desperate you can cry, apparently they do it constantly in the subway, no matter what the rest thinks. And if you can't do it anymore and you decide to go by taxi, you must, at least once in your life, "Steal it from someone who needs it more than you".
9) EYE TO GENTRIFICATION
Marshall and Lily are happy, they've got a house in one of the new trendy neighborhoods, Dowisetrepla. But when they move they discover that the area smells fatal, the floor is crooked ... Everything that glitters is not gold, you shouldn't get carried away by the proliferation of cupcake patisseries, new parks, low-light restaurants and optimistic items in the New York Times… The happy acronyms to rename new neighborhoods could hide very smelly secrets: as they discover, Dowisetrepla comes from "DOWn wInd of the SEwage TREatment PLAnt"(under the wind of the sewage plant). In this type of funny criticism is where it is noted that the series is written by New Yorkers, although it is rolled out of the Big Apple and none of the actors is a native.
10) “THE NEOYORQUINOS KILL CUCARACHAS WITH THEIR OWN HANDS"
Bam, with a swipe, without blinking. And we add or get immuted when they are crossed by a rat larger than their feet. New Yorkers, in short, are tough guys.