New Yorkers with elevator phobia share how they’ve coped with their lifelong fear

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f4/f4bf6793b5abbe1b2b050c76b48ae766.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em><p>The elevator-phobic people of New York City are almost our own subculture [...] I&rsquo;ve fantasized at times about a kind of utopia: a gleaming glass city free of elevators. But for now I, just like Gabriella and Rachel and Kevin and Nakia, still live in New York, and still constantly have to force myself to enter slim or squat boxes of despair. Why haven&rsquo;t we left? What strange fate have we dealt ourselves, to live in a place full of hellscapes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Having a deeply ingrained fear of elevators while living in a vertical landscape like New York City &mdash; which has over 60,000 elevators, by the way &mdash; isn't easy for some folks, like writer Amos Barshad. He and other fellow New Yorkers he interviews talk about how their phobia began, their search for answers to why they <em>still </em>have this fear, and how they manage it in their <!--more--> lives.</p>            

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