35 Things Only True New Yorkers Know

By: Annette
Estimated Completion Time
2 min
Must you go to the Statue of Liberty?
Yes
No
No New Yorker has ever been to the Statue of Liberty. They know that it's not necessary because they can see it on the horizon every day.

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Is it worth paying $14 for a cocktail?
Yes
All New Yorkers know that $14 for a cocktail is a good price. That's about the price for a movie, as well.
No

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Must you go to the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center?
Yes
No
No New Yorker in their right mind is getting within ten blocks of that. No, no, no, no.

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Is it all right to assault a cab?
Yes
Hitting a cab with an umbrella or fist happens to all us New Yorkers. As long as no one is hurt, just pretend that it didn't happen.
No

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Is it okay to pay $1 for pizza?
Yes
Paying $1 for pizza is perfectly acceptable. In fact, it's delicious, and ridiculous to spend more.
No

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Can you order takeout past midnight?
Yes
Yes, it's okay. Nay, you must. If you're drunk at 3am, ordering takeout is quite necessary.
No

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Must you heed walk signs?
Yes
No
Walk signs are really just for decoration. It's best to just eyeball it, and if no one is coming, then you walk.

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Which do you pair with a pastrami on rye?
Spicy mustard​
Pastrami on rye can only be accompanied by spicy mustard. Do not utter the word mayonnaise in the same breath.
Mayonnaise

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Do you enter the one empty subway car?
Yes
No
There is a reason that only one subway car has no people in it. It's an issue of either temperature or smell.

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It is best to party when?
Weekends
Weeknights
Weekends are when the tourists go out to party. New Yorkers like to party on weeknights.

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When you order a "coffee regular," does it have milk and sugar?
Yes
The "coffee regular" actually has about three grams of sugar in it, plus a splash of milk.
No

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What do you do before biting into a slice of pizza?
Sponge off the oil
Fold it
You have to fold the pizza slice before taking a bite out of it. There's really no other way to do it.
Massage it

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When horrible, things happen around you every day, you must do what?
Ignore it
We're not saying if someone is hurt or something like that. But if a homeless guy takes a dump on the street, you just keep walking.
Do something!

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What's the best meal of the day?
Breakfast
Brunch
Brunch is a pastime in New York. In fact, it's almost a calling. If it's Saturday, then you must brunch.
Lunch

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What's the best way to get around?
Walking
Every New Yorker knows that walking is best. Nothing compares, and it sure does beat taking the subway.
Uber
Subway

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How do you pronounce Houston?
Hews-ton
House-ton
You pronounce it House-ton, like a heavy house. Texas has it wrong.

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Does an egg cream have egg in it?
Yes
No
The egg cream is a New York beverage that consists of milk, soda water and syrup. There are no eggs or cream in the egg cream.

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Should you eat on the subway?
Yes
No
Just refrain. It's too crowded, and people will stare at your food. Find a park bench.

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You don't wait "in line" you wait ______?
Up line
On line
In New York, you don't wait in line, you wait on line. The lady at the cash register asks for the next customer on line.

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Do you look at panhandlers?
Yes
You don't have to avoid eye contact with panhandlers. They won't bite. You just give them your money.
No

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Are iconic NYC foods the best?
Yes
No
Examples include Shake Shack, Junior's cheesecake, John's pizza. These things are good, and you're proud of them, but they're not great.

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What is more terrifying?
Rural​ areas
All New Yorkers know that rural areas are terrifying. The suburbs of Connecticut, however, are where you want to move to one day.
The suburbs of Connecticut

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What do tourists look like?
Foreigners
New Yorkers
Either
New Yorkers know that tourists come in disguise. They try to look like New Yorkers, but we still can tell the difference.

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What is "platforming"?
An oratory speech
Knowing where to wait for the subway
New Yorkers are experts at platforming. That means that you know where you need to stand on the platform to get the best access.
Wearing platform shoes

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Is it okay to grocery shop at CVS?
Yes
Grocery shopping at CVS is perfectly acceptable. In fact, it means you can avoid the crowds at Whole Foods.
No

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Which is worse?
Mice
Roaches
Roaches are worse than mice, hands-down. When it comes to a mouse, you don't have to smash it and hear the crunch.

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Should you always wear black?
Yes
No
It's a stereotype that all New Yorkers wear black all the time. But it's never a wrong choice.

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Do New Yorkers prefer going to a bank?
Yes
No
What's the point? There's an ATM on every street corner. Are there even banks in Manhattan?

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Summer is ______.
Glorious
Awful​
For New Yorkers, summer is a terrible season. In fact, most New Yorkers try to get out of town.

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When tourists ask you for directions, it's a source of what?
Pride
Tourists are the bane of a New Yorker's existence. But when they ask for directions, they make a New Yorker feel proud and knowledgeable.
Frustration

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The worst part of New York is ______.
Central Park
The Upper East
Times Square
It's not just the worst part of New York, it's the most horrible place on Earth. It's just dreadful.

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Fire hydrants are actually called what?
Spits
Pumps
In New York, fire hydrants are known as pumps. You still can't park in front of a pump.
Hydros

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How do you order at a restaurant?
May I please have...
I think I would like the...
Hey, let me get a...
"Hey, let me get a..." is how to begin any order at a restaurant. Even in a fine restaurant, this is totally kosher.

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When it comes to directions, New Yorkers are ______.
The best
New Yorkers know their north, south, east and west. By looking up at tall buildings, you can tell where you are.
The worst

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For New Yorkers, it's never too soon to discuss which of these?
Someone's dating history
Someone's income
The price of rent
Even meeting someone for the first time, it's perfectly okay to ask them how much they pay for rent. This can be done before you get to know someone.

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