July 11, 2002
Driving an SUV in Manhattan?!

Why would anyone drive an SUV in Manhattan? I've been stuck behind an SUV stuck behind a garbage truck while heading west on 72nd Street from FDR to Park for fifteen minutes now. We inch forward. And the SUV driver doesn't dare try to pass the garbage truck on its left--the SUV is just too wide. Driving an SUV in Manhattan must really cramp your style--too many places you can't go, too many times it just slows you down to a crawl. Why would anyone do it?

Posted by DeLong at July 11, 2002 09:59 AM | Trackback

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An SUV in Manhattan is most likely to be an out-of-towner or a Manhattanite going to/from a weekend home.

I live/work in Manhattan, and have a small station wagon, as "requested" by my spouse. :)

Lacking a country home to visit, I have averaged less than 1,000 miles a year on the beastie, and plan on giving it to my son as a high school graduation present...in 2012.

Posted by: George Zachar on July 12, 2002 07:59 PM

Welcome to my world ... just uptown from my neighborhood even. (Really, welcome.)

I don't know anyone in Manhattan who owns an SUV, at least not for driving in town. But lots of people drive in from out of town every day.

There are a few stretch Humvee limousines driving around town. Be happy you weren't behind one of them. (Or rent one for the night and let other people be sorry.)


Posted by: Jim Glass on July 12, 2002 08:34 PM

Why would anyone type into their laptop while driving in Manhattan?

Posted by: Yehudit on July 14, 2002 10:54 AM

If you're in the back seat of a taxi, bored, and wondering if you'd go faster if you abandoned the taxi and hiked the eight remaining blocks instead of staring at the back of an SUV that doesn't think it can squeeze by the garbage truck...

Posted by: Brad DeLong on July 16, 2002 08:13 AM
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