Just have to take a moment from reading articles to kvetch. A recent article in some travel magazine named NYC the Rudest City in America. I know I've only lived here a few years, but I feel the need to weigh in.
Most tourists visit Manhattan. This means you are visiting the spots that EVERYONE goes; Rockafeller Center, Times Sq, Muesums, Central Park, etc. These places are crowded with other tourists. These tourists will not move aside for someone passing through, are not considerate of coughing or other bodily functions, throw their trash on the ground, and are generally oblivious to their surroundings. Regular Manhattan-ites will walk at a reasonable pace, throw their shit away, and are generally helpful in making sure everyone can do their daily thing. It's my opinion that these travel mag people were probably mistaking tourists for locals.
Now, in the Outer Bouroughs, it's another story. As a resident of the Bronx, it's probably the most pronounced here. No one comes to visit the Bronx, not if you don't have to. If you've ever tried to run for a bus only to be blocked by an obese family of 8 walking at a snail's pace across the entire sidewalk, then locals are rude. If you're trying to obey the traffic laws (stop signs, whether or not you're in a lane, cross walks, etc) and you've been beligerently honked at, then locals are rude. If you've had a pedestrian amble into the middle of the street into on-coming traffic, locals are rude. If you've been LAUGHED AT FOR EXERCISING, locals are fucking rude. The Bronx would be a great place to live, if all these assholes would just leave. The Bronx locals are my number one reason for wanting to move to Manhattan.
I actually love my building, my super is awesome. Some of my neighbors are nice. We have great grocery stores and restaurants nearby. We could use a movie theatre or bowling ally or something, but they are a short bus ride away. I don't even mind the people who turn the summer sidewalks into a ginormous backyard BBQ (we don't have yards here, I get it). But the people who sit on my car and let their wallet chains scratch my paint, the assholes who throw their trash on the ground and let their dogs crap everywhere, and everyone else who doesn't care about the quality of life in the neighborhood and walks around with a general attitude of "fuck you", they can all GTFO. The Bronx would be a great place if everyone would stop acting like a cranky 5 year old. One of the reasons (though certainly not the only) that Manhattan is so awesome is that people have pride of living there!
Bottom line: Travel article is dumb. Besides, everyone is nice when you actually talk to them and rude when they think no one is watching.