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In reference to the city, let's just say that you know you're from there if any of the following apply to you:
You say "the city" and expect everyone to know that this means Manhattan.

You have never been to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building.

You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park at 3:30 on the Friday before a long weekend, but can�t find Wisconsin on a map.

Hookers and the homeless are invisible.

The subway makes sense.

You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multi-lingual.

You've considered stabbing someone just for saying "The Big Apple".

The most frequently used part of your car is the horn.

You call an 8' x 10' plot of patchy grass a yard.

You consider Westchester "upstate".

You think Central Park is "nature."

You see nothing odd about the speed of an auctioneer's speaking.

You're paying $1,200 for a studio the size of a walk-in closet and you think it's a "steal."

You've been to New Jersey twice and got hopelessly lost both times.

You pay more each month to park your car than most people in the U.S. pay in rent.

You haven't seen more than twelve stars in the night sky since you went away to camp as a kid.

You go to dinner at 9 and head out to the clubs when most Americans are heading to bed.

Your closet is filled with black clothes.

You haven't heard the sound of true absolute silence since the 80s, and when you did, it terrified you.

You pay $5 without blinking for a beer that cost the bar 28 cents.

You take fashion seriously.

Being truly alone makes you nervous.

You have 27 different menus next to your telephone.

Going to Brooklyn is considered a "road trip."

America west of the Hudson is still theoretical to you.

You've gotten jaywalking down to an art form.

You take a taxi to get to your health club to exercise.

Your idea of personal space is no one actually standing on your toes.

$50 worth of groceries fit in one paper bag.

You have a minimum of five "worst cab ride ever" stories.

You don't notice sirens anymore.

You live in a building with a larger population than most American towns.

Your doorman is Russian, your grocer is Korean your deli man is Israeli, your building super is Italian, your laundry guy is Chinese, your favorite bartender is Irish, your favorite diner owner is Greek, the watchseller on your corner is Senegalese, your last cabbie was Pakistani, your newsstand guy is Indian and your favorite falafel guy is Egyptian.

You're suspicious of strangers who are actually nice to you.

You secretly envy cabbies for their driving skills.

You think $7.00 to cross a bridge is a fair price.

Your door has more than three locks.

Your favorite movie has DeNiro in it.

You consider eye contact an act of overt aggression.

You run when you see a flashing "Do Not Walk" sign at the intersection.

You're 35 years old and don't have a driver's license.

You ride in a subway car with no air conditioning just because there are seats available.

You're willing to take in strange people as roommates simply to help pay the rent.

There is no North and South. It's uptown or downtown.

When you're away from home, you miss "real" pizza and "real" bagels.

You know the differences between all the different Ray's Pizzas.

You're not in the least bit interested in going to Times Square on New Year's Eve.

Your internal clock is permanently set to know when Alternate Side of the Street parking regulations are in effect.

You know what a bodega is.

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 passenger's hats.

Someone bumps into you, and you check for your wallet...

You cringe at hearing people pronounce Houston St. like the city in Texas.

Film crews on your block annoy you, not excite you.
by well, la dee dah January 09, 2006
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What you see on anothers persons shirts or hats even though they have never been to New York they still wear clothes that say I *heart* New York.
John:"So what's it like?"

Carl:"What's what like?"

John:"Your shirt says I heart New York I just assumed you went to New York."

Carl:"I've never been to New York in my life."

John:"Then why are you wearing a I heart New York shirt?"

Carl:"I dunno because it looks cool."

John:"Fuck you dumbass."

*rips off Carls shirt*

John:"Go to New York and i'll give you your piece of shit shirt back."
by Lead Bullet January 23, 2008
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To the general public:
A large city on the United State's east coast

To the people who live there:
The center of the universe
Public:
I've got a 4:30 flight to New York tomorrow.

Residents:
Other cities? What do you mean?
by hoboace September 27, 2007
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I am from New York. I curse a lot. I say mad instead of wicked. I like the YANKEES. I know what REAL pizza tastes like, and I know that a bagel is much more than a roll with a hole in the middle. They're sprinkles...not jimmies. I play BEER PONG not beirut. I judge people by what exit they get off the highway. It's not called the shore, it's the BEACH. Its a wedge or a sub NOT a hoagie! It's not New York City or Manhattan, it's 'THE' CITY. Two words...MOTHER FUCKER. I know that 55 mph really means 85. When someone cuts me off, they get the horn AND the finger."
by roipher December 03, 2005
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Why do half the people on here not know how to spell Manhattan?

The proper noun "Manhattan" does not contain the letter "e."
Let's take a closer look: M-A-N-H-A-T-T-A-N.
Did you see an "e" there? No, you didn't! ...because it's not fucking supposed to be there.

Manhattan: good
Manhatten: bad

Brooklen? Statin? Kweens? Broncks?
I'm embarrassed that so many people that are supposedly New Yorkers do not know how to spell Manhattan.
by aqueoustrans August 31, 2007
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Where my heart will always be no matter where I go.

New York = Home
by Jenny July 06, 2004
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Power that comes form diversity.... Pride that comes from making it to the top....
by j August 12, 2004
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