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A New York minute is an instant. Or as Johnny Carson once said, it's the interval between a Manhattan traffic light turning green and the guy behind you honking his horn.

It appears to have originated in Texas around 1967. It is a reference to the frenzied and hectic pace of New Yorkers' lives. A New Yorker does in an instant what a Texan would take a minute to do.
I'll have that ready for you in a New York Minute
by RJB December 15, 2003
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Alternative to MOGII, easier to pronounce.
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The smallest measurable amount of time in the universe. Approximately equal to the time between a traffic light turning green in New York City and the cab driver behind you honking his horn.
It was all over in a new york minute.
by Shagger Jones December 13, 2003
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An imaginary measurement of time that indicates an extreme quickness. Lending itself to the fast-paced lifestyle associated with New York City.
When I was in the Bronx I got mugged, shot, raped, and murdered in a New York Minute. In Detroit it would take at least 2.
by James December 08, 2003
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A very short period of time; within a blink or a heartbeat. Originates from the legendary fast pace of life in New York.
I can beat that score in a new york minute.
by progamer124 December 06, 2003
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1. taken from the general belief that everything in new york moves faster than the rest of the world, hence a new york minute is more like a split second
2. a split second
3. a quick moment
i'll get this job done in a new york minute.
by Michael Ray-Von December 06, 2003
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<i>In a new york minute
Everything can change
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Things can get pretty strange
In a new york minute
Everything can change
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