The fertile East Side grazing land called Murray Hill has traditionally been known to attract young Homo sapiens migrating to the region after abandoning their families and native lands and completing a four-year maturation/sexual awakening spent in the company of their peers. Murray Hill is still a magnet for this fascinating species, the New York Times reports, you just need to know where to look to find them. The paper's Joseph Berger managed to earn the trust of these so-called "postgrads," and they invited him into one of their lairs, one called?in their language?Windsor Court. Here are some highlights of his enlightening anthropological report:
They travel in tight-knit packs: "Adam Greenberg, 23, knew when he moved into Windsor Court a month ago that he was already acquainted with more than 100 people in the neighborhood, many from the same high school (Wheatley on Long Island), sleepaway camp (Equinunk) and college (Syracuse University) he attended."
They have breeding grounds and mating requirements: "If I meet a guy in the laundry room of Windsor Court, he probably has a good job, probably went to a good school."
They are polyamorous creatures: "In a 2009 count of Windsor Court’s census tract, 70.5 percent of households were occupied by singles..."
They have strong family support systems: "...many of whom have their rents subsidized by parents left behind in the suburbs of Westchester County, Long Island and New Jersey."
They fall into destructive social habits: "Windsor Court residents tend to do many of the same things together. They attend birthday parties on weekends as a pretext for drinking. If 50 friends live nearby, it’s easy to have a birthday party every weekend. Before going out, friends gather in apartments for so-called pregames, drinking there so they won’t spend as much at the bars."
They may or may not be self-aware: "Ms. Katz said Murray Hill 'is starting to lose its coolness.' Indeed, whenever she is asked where she lives, Ms. Katz answers Murray Hill, 'but I say it with a sarcastic tone because I'm making fun of myself.'"
Has anyone else observed these beasts in the wild? Please share your observations!
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[Photo of Tonic East, a gathering spot popular among the subspecies of "bros."]