Manhattan is New York's friendliest borough, survey says
Looking for a new friend? Try Manhattan.
Nearly a third of New Yorkers in a recent survey said that borough is the friendliest in the city, with 32% of respondents ranking it at the top, according to the Municipal Art Society, which commissioned the report.
Queens came in as the city's second-friendliest borough with 27%, followed by Brooklyn at 24%, Staten Island at 11% and the Bronx in dead last with a paltry 6%.
"When people think about vibrant, 24/7, dynamic high-action places, they think about Manhattan," said Vin Cipolla, president of the Municipal Art Society.
"It has a lot to do with the energy factor, and where people perceive there to be energy. They perceive a welcoming, friendly attitude and orientation," Cipolla said, adding that the swelling of the borough population from work commuters adds to that interchange and energy.
Still, Cipolla said, don't count out the outer boroughs.
"I think Bronx residents are certainly as friendly and as warm as New Yorkers anywhere and people aren't as familiar with the wonderful characteristics and qualities" of the borough's neighborhoods, Cipolla said.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., however, said the survey didn't reflect the actual culture of the Bronx.
"It is highly surprising to me that the Bronx ranked last in this survey," Diaz said. "The residents of 'El Condado de la Salsa' are among the most welcoming to visitors and any person passing through our great borough."
He added: "The future is bright for us and I will not let one survey take away from our Bronx pride and the amount of progress that we continue to make here."
Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro agreed, saying the survey wasn't representative.
"The poll is definitely flawed," Molinaro said. "As far as I'm concerned, the friendliest borough is Staten Island by far. It's a small community, we know each other. You don't have that in any other borough."
Molinaro added: "You knock on your neighbor's door in Manhattan, they say, 'Who the hell is this?' In Staten Island, if someone's in trouble, someone needs something, they come over."
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, however, said the survey's outcome is a no-brainer.
"Manhattanites welcome visitors from all over the world here to take in our world class museums, parks and restaurants – so it stands to reason we’d be a friendly, inclusive bunch," Stringer said "But truth be told, we’re all New Yorkers, and smiles abound throughout our five boroughs."
The survey is based on the responses of 1,000 residents of the very boroughs in question, and some New Yorkers said it was dead-on.
"I don't know about the Bronx, but I hear a lot of bad things happen there -- violence and stuff," said Ricardo Lumelino, 22, of Richmond Hill, adding that he doesn't think Queens is all that friendly.
"In Queens, they fight for everything," he said, and "go ballistic! They feel like they own everything."
Shakisha Patt, 32, of the Bronx, mostly agreed with the survey and didn't dispute the Bronx's low ranking.
"We are tough," she said. "You can't be too friendly" in the Bronx because your friendliness could be mistaken for weakness, she said.
And Elliot Hay, 31, of Carroll Gardens, defended Brooklyn.
"Brooklyn is a lot calmer than Manhattan," Hay said. "I used to live in Hell's Kitchen and moved to Carroll Gardens, where people are just as nice. I'm nicer when I'm in Brooklyn because I'm not at work!"
This post has been updated to include remarks from Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.