New York may be the world’s greatest city, but as Carmelo Anthony acknowledges in the video above, it is also an unforgiving and difficult place for pro athletes to live and work.

Anthony, a Brooklyn native, rides around his town and talks to VICE about his childhood experiences.

Melo, now healthy after undergoing season-ending knee surgery last season, says he feels like a “caged tiger” with the 2015-16 season getting under way.