Stalled streets and jammed highways? Been there, done that.
February 2002 World Economic Forum? Fuhgedaboudit.
August 2003 blackout? Big deal.
Daily bomb scares? You've endured tardy trains for years.
A town full of rowdy Republicans and loud protesters? Meet my noisy neighbors, you say.
Tough as bedrock, New Yorkers sniffed at it all long before the age of terrorism.
Now enter next week's Republican National Convention.
It's already sent many packing, and for good reason.
Security for the GOP bash will virtually seal swaths of midtown, slowing trains and buses and packing streets and highways with thousands of Republicans -- and the media covering them -- running about town from dawn to way past dusk and thousands more protesters whopping and disrupting traffic.
So, like Alan Fouks, of Hillcrest, you may be one of the dubious questioning Mayor Michael Bloomberg's optimism. "If you don't live or work in the Garment District, you won't even know that there's a convention in town," the mayor was quoted as saying.
"Forget about it," said Fouks, 24, who works for the city's Human Resources Administration and who will be vacationing in Costa Rica come convention time.
"Something else" is bound to happen, he said. "Whatever it is, I don't want to know about it."
Expecting boisterous protests
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, acknowledged that this convention is expected to draw a hardier group of protesters than Boston did.
In Beantown, the local residents who didn't skip town entirely steered clear of the FleetCenter, where the Democrats convened.
That's an option endorsed by the city's tourism chief and echoed by a midtown palm reader.