The thing I hate most about New York (specifically New Yorkers) is the notion that they are better than everyone else. At some point they were given the impression that they are more enlightened to the world and that people in other parts of the country are simply not as good as we are.
I would like to take this post to declare or, dare I say it, prove that New Yorkers really aren't so enlightened. Seeing as how today is Friday the 13th, I thought it the perfect day to present my case. As part of my experiment, I carried my camera with me for a week and photographed the elevator panels in every building I entered with more than thirteen floors. Out of the nine buildings I went into, surprisingly only one had a thirteenth floor *.
How could this be? Is the enlightened New Yorker so naive to believe that if they live on a thirteenth floor that something bad will happen to them? It is important to note that a few of these buildings are less than ten years old, meaning that this superstition is still fully alive today in New York City. The naivety extends to beyond that of just a missing floor. Is the thirteenth floor not thirteen floors off the ground regardless of what it is named? Meaning, someone living on a fourteenth floor is really living on the thirteen floor of the building. The name is arbitrary if you think about it. Superstitious tenants should be wary of such smoke and mirrors so as not to be fooled into living on such an unlucky floor.
If this ratio of one of our nine elevators is representative of the entire city, then a staggering 89% of New York City buildings do not have a 13th floor. I find this rather astonishing for a city that claims to know it all. I am interested if this phenomenon is present in other cities, thereby making other places as unenlightened as we are. Please enlighten me as to the elevators in your area. I, for one, would gladly live on a thirteenth floor, especially if it would come with a reduction in rent.
*Interesting that most elevators put a star on the first floor. I'm not sure what superstition that is referring to or how that came about.