How To Tell If Someone You Know Was Born And Raised In New York
“The city is uncomfortable and inconvenient; but New Yorkers temperamentally do not crave comfort and convenience – if they did they would live elsewhere.” E.B. White
Nw Yorkers don’t wait for a street light to turn green to cross the street.
They don’t go to the corner to cross.
They don’t know what a cross walk is.
They walk fast and they walk everywhere. Unless it is raining, then try to get a taxi. You won’t.
New Yorkers talk fast. They might interject a comment if they overhear a stranger’s conversation and then walk on by.
They talk loud – sorry, they speak loudly. Don’t judge them. Remember that they grew up in the noisiest city in the world.
They don’t necessarily believe that one person needs to talk at a time. It is a cultural thing.
They honk their horns in traffic.
New Yorkers avoid eye contact when walking down the street.
They don’t smile on the street.
They appear rude but really they are assertive. Some are rude.
They immediately check for their wallet when someone bumps into them.
People from New York follow baseball and basketball.
They never give directions saying North, East, West and South. It is always street names or Uptown and Downtown.
They hail passing taxis with their hand instead of calling for one.
They think every city has cruising taxis and are very surprised when they don’t.
They never give an exact address in a taxi. They just say eighteenth and first.
New Yorkers ignore crazy behavior. Homeless people, prostitutes, transvestites, cross dressers, lunatics and street performers are all part of the scenery.
They are surprised when restaurants close at ten.
Unless they are in Italy or New York, they complain about the pizza. They eat it while they are complaining.
They also complain about the Chinese Food and the bagels anywhere but New York. They eat it anyway .
People from New York avoid restrooms in parks and subways.
They don’t go to Central Park at night unless it is for a concert or performance in the park. They always leave with the crowd.
They know the difference between a bad neighborhood and a neighborhood that just looks bad.
They are surprised that you didn’t know that the Empire State Building changes colors at night.
They are surprised that you didn’t know who won the Tony Awards.
New Yorkers avoid Times Square unless they are going to the theatre.
They use the letter R inappropriately or not at all.
They read the obituary column to find apartments.
They are not afraid of cockroaches. (They are afraid that the ones who live in their apartments know too much about their lives).
They always look for rats on a subway platform. They are afraid of rats.
They have a New York accent. Like New York garbage, it is always there. No matter how long you have been away or how much you try to disguise it, it always slips out so fuhgeddaboutit.
They are very proud to be from New York or “the city.”