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post #1 of 21
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You know you're a New Yorker, when...

1. YOU'RE 35 YEARS OLD AND DON'T HAVE A DRIVER'S LICENSE.

2. YOU RIDE IN A SUBWAY CAR WITH NO AIR CONDITIONING JUST BECAUSE THERE ARE SEATS AVAILABLE.

3. YOU TAKE THE TRAIN HOME AND YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHERE ON THE
PLATFORM THE DOORS WILL OPEN THAT WILL LEAVE YOU RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE EXIT STAIRWAY.

4. YOU KNOW WHAT A "REGULAR" COFFEE IS.

5. IT'S NOT MANHATTAN; IT'S THE "CITY".

6. YOU GET UPSET THAT A CABBIE IS OBEYING ALL THE RULES OF THE ROAD.

7. YOU'RE WILLING TO TAKE IN STRANGE PEOPLE AS ROOMMATES SIMPLY TO
HELP PAY THE RENT.

8. THERE IS NO NORTH AND! SOUTH. IT'S "UPTOWN" OR "DOWNTOWN." ....
AND EAST OR WEST IS "CROSS-TOWN."

9. YOU CROSS THE STREET ANYWHERE BUT AT THE CORNERS, AND YOU YELL
AT CARS FOR NOT RESPECTING YOUR RIGHT TO DO IT.

10. YOU MOVE 8,000 MILES AWAY, SPEND 10 YEARS LEARNING THE LOCAL
LANGUAGE AND PEOPLE STILL KNOW YOU'RE FROM MANHATTAN (or BROOKLYN) THE MINUTE YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH.

11. YOU RETURN AFTER 10 YEARS AND THE FIRST FOODS YOU WANT ARE A
"REAL" PIZZA AND A "REAL" BAGEL.

12. A 500 SQUARE FOOT APARTMENT FOR $380,000 IS A BARGAIN.

13. YOUR CO-WORKER COMMUTES 45 MINUTES BY TRAIN TO A 2,000 SQUARE FOOT HOUSE IN THE SUBURBS THAT WAS THE SAME PRICE AS THE 500 SQUARE FOOT APARTMENT OF YOURS THAT TAKES ONLY 35 MINUTES TO GET TO, AND YOU THINK HE'S A SUCKER.

14. YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ALL THE DIFFERENT RAY'S
PIZZAS.

15. YOU ARE NOT UNDER THE MISTAKEN IMPRESSION THAT ANY HUMAN BEING
WOULD BE ABLE TO ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND A P.A. ANNOUNCEMENT! ON SUBWAY.

16. YOU KNOW WHO MR. G. IS.

17. YOU HAVE AT LEAST 50 MENUS IN YOUR APARTMENT, TWO- THIRDS OF WHICH YOU HAVE NEITHER ORDERED FROM NOR EVEN HEARD OF.

18. YOU WOULDN'T BOTHER ORDERING PIZZA IN ANY OTHER CITY.

19. YOU KNOW THAT OFF-THE-SHELF INSECTICIDES ARE JUST LAUGHING GAS TO THE SUPERIOR ROACHES COHABITATING WITH YOU IN THE 500 (12 X 15 Ft)
SQUARE FOOT APARTMENT.

20. YOU GET READY TO ORDER DINNER EVERY NIGHT AND MUST CHOOSE FROM THE MAJOR FOOD GROUPS, which are: CHINESE, ITALIAN, THAI, MEXICAN OR INDIAN.

21. YOU'RE NOT THE LEAST BIT INTERESTED IN GOING TO TIMES SQUARE ON
NEW YEAR'S EVE.

22. YOUR INTERNAL CLOCK IS PERMANENTLY SET TO KNOW WHEN ALTERNATE SIDE OF THE STREET PARKING REGULATIONS ARE IN EFFECT.

23. YOU KNOW WHAT A BODEGA IS.

24. YOU KNOW HOW TO FOLD THE NEW YORK TIMES IN HALF, VERTICALLY, SO
THAT YOU CAN READ IT ON THE SUBWAY OR BUS WITHOUT KNOCKING OFF OTHER PASSENGERS' HATS.

25. SOMEONE BUMPS INTO YOU, AND YOU CHECK FOR YOUR WALLET.

26. YOU PAY "ONLY" $530 A MONTH TO PARK YOUR CAR.

27. YOU CRINGE AT HEARING PEOPLE PRONOUNCE HOUSTON ST. LIKE THE CITY
IN TEXAS.

28. THE PRESIDENTIAL VISIT IS NOT AN HONOR: IT'S A MAJOR TRAFFIC JAM.

29. FILM CREWS ON YOUR BLOCK ANNOY YOU, NOT EXCITE YOU. (THEY TAKE UP ALL THE PARKING SPACES!)

30. YOU CAN NAP ON THE SUBWAY AND NEVER MISS YOUR STOP.

31. THE DELI GUY GIVES YOU A STRAW WITH ANY BEVERAGE YOU BUY, EVEN IF IT'S A BEER.

THAT'S NEW YORK, BABY! YA GOTTA LOVE IT
post #2 of 21
Actually, most of those apply to Toronto as well.
post #3 of 21
From my personal observation... Toronto is pretty much a smaller version of New York. There are SO many similarities.
post #4 of 21
I only wish I could fold The Times properly...I chalk this disability up to short wing span.
post #5 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mom of Franz
I only wish I could fold The Times properly...I chalk this disability up to short wing span.
Want to send me the last few issues of the Village Voice? We can get print copies here, but have to pay $.
post #6 of 21
Good call, Jen..
I love the Voice..We also have to pay for it here.
But then the shipping cost might equal what we pay..I dunno...

Cheers
I am a New York-a-phile that hasn't even been....

I don't know who Mr. G is (Guiliani? )
And what is a bodega? A spanish deli?

Enlighten us!
post #7 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Loveysmummy
Good call, Jen..
I love the Voice..We also have to pay for it here.
But then the shipping cost might equal what we pay..I dunno...

Cheers
I am a New York-a-phile that hasn't even been....

I don't know who Mr. G is (Guiliani? )
And what is a bodega? A spanish deli?

Enlighten us!
Mr.G is the weather guy on one of the local newscasts. I'm not 100 percent on this since I have not watched TV in over 2 years (cable is too expensive, without cable there is no reception.)

Yes bodegas are small, turn too fast in the aisle and you'll scrape your nose, grocery stores. Though they are (for the most part) not owned by Hispanics anymore. Mostly Arabs own them now. Imagine a Arab selling you a Jewish bagel! There is hope for world peace
post #8 of 21
The part about the pizza and the bagel is oh so true.
post #9 of 21
Very true! I'm not a New Yorker but do go into the city quite often and many of these statements sound true. Love it!
post #10 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mom of Franz
Mr.G is the weather guy on one of the local newscasts. I'm not 100 percent on this since I have not watched TV in over 2 years (cable is too expensive, without cable there is no reception.)
I believe Mr. G is on UPN 9 news. I used to watch him alot.
post #11 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Deb25
The part about the pizza and the bagel is oh so true.
You are definitely right about the bagel...anywhere else it's just a roll with a hole!
post #12 of 21
New Yawkers (I don't know how many there are aside from MomofFranz)
You may get many curious questions from me in this thread....I warn you..

1) Is housing REALLY that bad in Manhattan or is it exaggerated? Do you really search obits for good rent control apts? IS it really that expensive to live in a 500 sq ft apt??
WHat is the cheapest burrough to live in that you consider liveable?

2) What is the prettiest thing about the city, as a local, you think is worth visiting?

3) What is the one thing a non-native should know or realize? about the areas or the subway or whatever....

4)Where is the best pizza or bagel anyway? and what is Ray's?

5)What is the worst thing about New York?

Thats it for now...I think
post #13 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Loveysmummy
New Yawkers (I don't know how many there are aside from MomofFranz)

2) What is the prettiest thing about the city, as a local, you think is worth visiting? I always love going into Central Park

3) What is the one thing a non-native should know or realize? about the areas or the subway or whatever....I can't help you there since I don't ride the subway. Always be aware of your surroundings.

4)Where is the best pizza or bagel anyway? I just love Sbarro's Pizza

5)What is the worst thing about New York? Too fast paced, too much hustle and bustle.

Thats it for now...I think
I could only answer a few, I'm sure someone who lives there will be much more helpful in answering your questions!
post #14 of 21
I've been studying a movie that is based in NY so I enjoyed reading this!
post #15 of 21
bumpin this up...
post #16 of 21
This is great! So how is Houston Street pronounced?

I knew the part about bodega from watching Law and Order (all 3 of them)
post #17 of 21
[quote=Kiwideus]This is great! So how is Houston Street pronounced? [quote]

How-ston

I can relate to so many of these, having grown up in central NJ only 30m by NJT from the City. I miss NY.
post #18 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kiwideus
This is great! So how is Houston Street pronounced?

I knew the part about bodega from watching Law and Order (all 3 of them)
OOh! I know this one!
Its How-ston,
right??
post #19 of 21
sorry bumping this up again..!!
I need answers!

post #20 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Loveysmummy
New Yawkers (I don't know how many there are aside from MomofFranz)
You may get many curious questions from me in this thread....I warn you..

1) Is housing REALLY that bad in Manhattan or is it exaggerated? Do you really search obits for good rent control apts? IS it really that expensive to live in a 500 sq ft apt??
WHat is the cheapest burrough to live in that you consider liveable?

2) What is the prettiest thing about the city, as a local, you think is worth visiting?

3) What is the one thing a non-native should know or realize? about the areas or the subway or whatever....

4)Where is the best pizza or bagel anyway? and what is Ray's?

5)What is the worst thing about New York?

Thats it for now...I think

As I mentioned previously, I grew up in NJ not far from NYC and have spent quite a lot of time in the City. So I will answer your questions too!
1) Yes. It is absolutely horrifically expensive to live in most parts of Manhattan. My best friend lives on Staten Island and pays almost 2k a month for a 2 bedroom apartment, and he's not even in the City proper!

2) The American Museum of Natural History and Metropolitan Museum of Art are not to be missed. The Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center and holiday decorations in Macy's windows are also awesome. Sunset over Manhattan from the Staten Island Ferry has been known to take my breath away.

3) That NYC is not the scary place that movies make it out to be. Yeah, there is crime. But there is in any city. New York is the most wonderful city I've ever been to, and I don't think there's anyplace on earth that can match it for me.

4) Can't help you here. But for the best pierogies west of Poland, Kiev, a 24 /7 diner in the East Village is the place to go. And I've never understood why pretzels are synonymous with Philadelphia, when NY's are soooo much better!

5) The traffic.
post #21 of 21
You live on 33rd St. in another major NE metropolis, but the fact that you tell people you live on "Toidy-toid" Street leads them to ask whether you're from NYC!
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