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The City refers to Manhattan OR the five boroughs. If you live in the boroughs, then 'The City' is definately Manhattan. Outside of the boroughs, it can mean the boroughs as a whole or just Manhattan.

Remember: New York City isn't just Manhatten, it's the whole five boroughs (Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan).
Brooklyn kid 1: lets go the the city tonight.
Brooklyn kid 2: Yea, I saw something I wanted to get on 40-duce.

Out of stater 1: Lets visit the city!
Out of stater 2: I don't know, its a big place, and I hear it's expensive.

by Ichy November 18, 2005
 
1.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Milwaukee is the hidden jewel of the Upper Midwest, and an urban thug's paradise.
After thugging around the North Shore, we hit up The City for some quality bbq at J.T. Bones.
by Nelly of Greendale February 20, 2004
 
2.
What natives of the Bay Area use to refer to San Francisco. All other cities have nothing on San Francisco and San Francisco is the only one that earns the title of "The City" (check the Warriors jerseys). Also can be refered to as the sco, 415 or Frisco, but only by natives. When people other than Natives call San Francisco by these names its a sign of disrespect, as they obviously really don't know what they're talking about by the context it tends to be used in.
1. "I'm from the sco beezies, you better respect that!"
2. Phone convo. better two kids that live in Marin:
Kid 1: "Let's hang out in the city this weekend."
Kid 2: "Sounds good, it's not like we'll have an issue paying the fucking $5 bridge toll to get there."
by Thump August 14, 2005
 
3.
local term for San Francisco, only used by people who live in the Bay Area.
all I did over the weekend was stay in The City and eat Dim Sum
by Mr Wall January 05, 2006
 
4.
Another way of saying San Francisco.
I'm going to the city today.
by linalaurel April 18, 2005
 
5.
San Francisco...is THE CITY in the bay area...known as THE SCO, FRiSCO etc. etc.
ay we finna hit the city right quick
by WAY 2 SAUCY March 12, 2005
 
6.
Nickname for San Francisco. Sometimes also called "San Fran", but the local residents hate it when someone refers to it as "'Frisco". A wonderful city for all, with steep hilly streets, among other things.
Jeremy: Let's check out The City and see Lombard Street. It's the Crookedest Street in the World. After that we can get on a ferry and visit Alcatraz. Then we can have a pizza.

Sam: Alright! Let's go!
by Starpunk September 20, 2007
 
7.
An urban area with entertainment and a downtown. Different place depending on where youl ive, if you live in NY or NJ the city means Manhttan, if you live in the Bay Area it means San Fran or Oakland. If you live in Illinois you'd prolly call Chicago the city.
I'm going to the city this weekend
by jersey kid February 09, 2008