There are many ways to identify a true New Yorker. Some characteristics are the result of living in the city and peer pressure around you, whereas some are necessary to survive. Here are a few of my favorites:
- You walk down the street with purpose in every step at a fast pace, even when you have no place to go.
- You plan an outing, knowing exactly how to get there in the shortest amount of time before starting the journey, zig-zagging the blocks to avoid stoplights.
- You know exactly where to stand on the subway platform so when the train stops, it stops right in front of you, allowing you to enter the subway quickly to find a seat.
- You think nothing about standing in line for 30 minutes to buy a bagel at a trendy bagel shop.
- You are waiting “on line” not “in line.”
- You can’t remember the last time you drove an automobile.
- Paying $14 for a movie or a drink in a bar seems normal.
- Your refrigerator is used to store snacks since you eat out or order in all your meals.
- You have never ridden a tourist bus.
- You know where the best sushi restaurant is located.
- You will purchase a $200 pair of shoes without a second thought, yet pay high rent and share a one-bedroom apartment with three other people just to live in Manhattan.
- You go out of your way to avoid Time Square.
- You have never been to the Statue of Liberty.
- “Uptown” and “Downtown” are directions, not locations.
- A black and white cookie is not an Oreo.
These are just a few characteristics of a New Yorker that I quickly learned once moving to the city and now classify myself as a New Yorker.
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