Whether you're short, tall, or just average, the struggle is equal in New York City.
According to the New York Times, simple tasks are even occasionally difficult for Mayor Bill de Blasio, who, at just a hair under 6'6," is the city's tallest mayor. De Blasio's height has forced city workers to build a special podium for him, equipped with a longer microphone and a retractable step for shorter speakers.
But, as the Times learned through inquiry, a number of people in the city have issues with their height. From a 6'7" giant:
I am 6’7”, and if I had a nickel for every time I’ve hit my head on a low hanging sign (or narrowly missed doing so) in the subway. My daily trek into the NYC Subway System is full of booby traps.
For someone just five-feet-tall, the experience is obviously the exact opposite:
I’m 5 foot even and one of the biggest challenges for me on the subway is not the armpits — although that is absolutely unpleasant, particularly when someone reaches over my head to grab onto a bar — but the fact that I can’t really reach the high bars to hold on when I’m standing up. If I get shoved into the middle of the aisle between the seats, I can only just reach the bar with my fingertips, which is uncomfortable and also doesn’t keep me very steady. So I try really hard to stay toward the edges where I can hold on to the bar as it curves down, but a lot of people don’t seem to get why I won’t move on a crowded train.
If you're short, there's no point in wishing you were taller. Everyone has something to complain about, especially in New York City.
[via New York Times]