"It smells like piss everywhere"
OK, it’s not everywhere. Just, you know, on certain subway platforms. Occasionally some of the actual trains. And perhaps several Downtown streets during the summer months. But just relax with your generalizations!
"Why don't we/you take a cab/Uber?"
Cabs and Ubers are fantastic, but when you live here fulltime, for most they’re considered a luxury. Remember, it’s not cheap to live here. So unless it’s hailing golfballs (rain/snow is fine) or you’re coming home late from far away, it’s subway or walking all the way. Maybe a Citi Bike. Because as Ross Geller so famously said: “Who am I, Rockefeller?”