When Do You Become A New Yorker?

new yorker logoWhen does one officially become a New Yorker?  The barriers of entry to the city are pretty low, as evidenced by Kim Kardashian’s recent move to the city in the wake of many California reality stars, but there is something to be said for longevity in this town. Whether or not you are a true New Yorker is as divisive as which shop you visit for the best New York pizza, burger and bagel, and perhaps merely having an opinion on such eateries earns you a spot in New Yorkerhood—depending on who you talk to, of course.

There are the lifers. These are the old people you help across the street, or shall I say attempt to help until they exclaim they’ve been just fine without your service for 90-some years. They’ll tell you about the time they organized a rally for JFK or when Frank Sinatra played a gig with only 15 people at some extinct hole-in-the-wall in Midtown. They have a 3-bedroom rent controlled apartment for $350 per month and still manage to complain. They have achieved some elusive state of angry-contentment and every time you talk to one you think, “Is that going to be me someday?”

The more common way to go about determining New York status is the hierarchical years of service metric.  Some newbies tend to think that five years in the city means you’ve earned your stripes. The most common answer is 7 to 8 years. Given that everyone always asks if Sex And The City is an accurate portrayal of city life and it ran for six seasons plus two movies, I suppose that qualifies the number 8 as a reasonable barometer.

Then there are the cutthroat people that claim New Yorkership is attained if you’ve lived here longer than where you grew up. Assuming you moved right after high school, that is age 36. (Age 40 if after college.) By this time, everyone else in the country has 2.5 kids and a retirement home in Florida.

There is also a theory that living in NYC when disaster strikes creates an instant bond and respect to other residents. Though a bit grim, those who have survived blackouts, blizzards, strikes of varying sorts and even 9/11 tend to walk around with a little more gusto than those who have not experienced such events.

Which of these are the most accurate? Your guess is as good as mine. Someone once told me that you know you’re a New Yorker when you reach this breaking point: As much as you may hate the city on any given day, you hate the thought of living elsewhere even more.

I know that there are certain things that lead to the jaded, New Yorker mentality. You stop questioning the cost of rent. You’re on a first-name basis with the neighborhood bartender, coffee guy and dry cleaner. You give cabbies specific directions. You stop to argue with delivery cyclists and cabbies when they nearly-hit you in a cross-walks. You say “hi” to routine street performers and homeless people. You pre-walk the subway platform to the car that will be nearest your exit when you arrive at the next subway platform. You can’t help but smile and feeling resentfully cheesy whenever Empire State of Mind plays. These are the things that develop over time and make one a New Yorker.

Where do I fall? That’s up to you. I will tell you, however, that the best NYC-style pizza is from Patsy’s, the best burger is 5 Napkin and best bagel is from H&H. And that I’d love to argue with you about it.

105 Responses to “When Do You Become A New Yorker?”

  1. Well based on that alone, I’d say you’re a New Yorker! ;)

    Awesome post. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  2. I guess I would say that if it feels like home and you have lived there for even a couple of years, then you can consider yourself a New Yorker. I went for a week vacation in New York and I think I can consider myself a New Yorker…just kidding. Although, I must say, I did enjoy the pizza at Lombardi’s. :-)

  3. In Atlanta, the threshold is 10 years and then you’re good to go. I am in awe that New York’s threshold would actually be lower, disaster clause or no disaster clause…

    The Smoking Cupcake
    http://www.thesmokingcupcake.com

    • Do people actually stay 10 years in Atlanta?

      I lived in New York and worked in Downtown but got tired of the high price of everything and left. I moved to Atlanta and after less than two years I moved to Jersey City where I had a great view of Downtown Manhattan from my living room and bedroom. That is one of my top five vistas. I love NYC but I must be crazy if I am willing to pay the cost of living there. Hey I have never won the lotto. By-the-way, “Empire State of Mind” should be the National Anthem. (Now that should get some comments).

  4. The best pizza, clearly, is from Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn. Burger? Yep, I’d say 5 Napkin takes the cake (lobster burgers, seriously?!?). And bagels? Murray’s, down in Chelsea. Hands down! Would love to talk NY with you, coming from someone who lived there for two years as a grad student!

    Kudos on FP!

    • Oh nice call- Grimaldi’s slipped my mind! I think my biggest deterrent there is the loooong line…even if you call in! But delicious, nonetheless.

      • nope. best pizza hands down is that place in brooklyn Difara’s. 1424 avenue J its 30$ a pie, each handmade by the old dude himself. You’ll have to wait an hour or more for your Pie but they say it’s well worth the wait!

  5. My negative side would say when your mugged, but on the other hand at least 1 year. I lived in up state New York for two years and loved it. Great blog. Congrats on FP

  6. I love this post! I’ve actually been mulling this question over quite a bit lately. As for me all of my grandparents were first or second generation NYers (and Americans) living in one of the boroughs.

    I was raised in the Hudson Valley but always felt like NYC was home when I visited as a child. Due to my heritage I carry a certain amount of pride and have had a hard time dealing with the influx of not necessarily people from other countries but people from other areas of the US.

    When I lived in the city a few years ago, I actually felt ‘different’ than a majority of the people I hung out with. Most of them were from the South and I actually had a hard time fitting in.

    It’s kinda strange I suppose.

  7. Oh yeah, the big apple. Nice post

  8. As a Jersey expat to New Orleans, I feel this post hard. I’ve been here for 7 years and still don’t feel like this is home…

    Could really go for a diner…

  9. I love this post! I guess I’m officially a New Yorker, then! I can’t imagine living anywhere else, even on the days I hate it. Congrats on being freshly pressed!

  10. Love it! I just moved to NYC last May, and I’ve heard everything from “Ten Years” to “As soon as you can navigate the subway without looking at a map.”

    If it’s the “I can’t imagine living anywhere else” standard, I’m already there. :)

  11. I love New York. Too bad Uncle Sam prefers to leave us foreigners away. I lived in Connecticut for around 10 years, then I came back to Brazil. But I would give anything for a change to go back and live in the Big Apple. Nice post.

  12. Loved reading your post! And love the way you write. I am from London, which i have heard being described as the closest thing to living in New York (outside of New York) not comparing the cities, but equally tough/exhilarating places to live. I’ll be visiting often to read about life in NYC!

  13. It depends, but no Kardashian will ever be a real New Yorker. NEVER!

  14. This was really cute. I was recently in NY and it was truley a melting pot cany anyone reallu judge. A really honest post bravo. http://www.copperetiquette.wordpress.com

  15. I love New York but have only been a visitor 3 times. I should ask the girl I interview for my site today, a recent Jeopardy champion who lives in New York now but I believe went to college in Texas. Great post!

  16. HA..
    I liked your reasoning.. it has shown me a wonderful glimpse of life over there in nyc.
    it has popped the question in my mind as to when i can myself a mumbai-kar.. im here in mumbai for an year and am wondering if i could do so..
    sounds to me that the fact that this question has occurred to you means that you have lived there long enough to earn that particular respect.. it is after-all the greatest city in the world and im sure i would take my time before i can ask my self this question (if i was living there :) )

  17. Perhaps I’m falling into the trap laid out in your post, but your pizza / burger/ bagel top choices are all chains?? Patsy’s is good pizza, no doubt about it, but I’ve actually found better slices at single shops like Koronet’s in upper Manhattan. The bagel I get every morning at the cart outside my office is better than anything I’ve ever gotten at H&H…besides, my street vendor hasn’t committed tax fraud either (that I know of!).

  18. Hmm… this is going to be fun.

    – If you haven’t started avoiding Times Square at all costs, you’re not a NYer just yet.
    – If a fine Brooklyn accent makes you feel homesick, I’d call that a yes.
    – If you only go to places that were recommended by TV or magazines, or are “famous” in some other way, you’re a resident tourist.
    – Similarly, if you’ve only seen Manhattan, chic Brooklyn, and the route to the airport: you’re not a NYer per say.
    – If you’ve caught on to the fact that NYers have a unique code of politeness, then yes! If you still think NYers are rude, look closer and factor in the context a little more.
    – If you have been to Staten Island for any reason besides a ferry back-and-forth ride, you automatically earn amnesty.
    – If your parents from back home still pay your rent, you’re not really much of anything. (But you WILL be…)
    – If the teeming masses have led you to the conclusion that ALL PEOPLE are worthy of criticism and compassion — if they ALL matter but no one matters too much — then you may be a NYer or a resident of one of the world’s other cosmopolitan and enlightened places.

    Great post by the way!

    PS: A little more on the subject (sort of) :

    http://mathisworks.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=218&action=edit

    • I like these qualifications, well though out. I agree on every point. My hubby used to say we should get a degree for just living in NYC.

      There should be some kind of award for making all of those achievements. I don’t know if even half the population in NYC at the moment would even understand some of them. So I guess they draw the line.

      My own addition: You have a keen sense of welcoming a diverse range of people into your life and neither them or you are afraid to be completely honest with each other. I guess that’s NY hospitality for ya!

    • Excellent insight! I don’t think New Yorkers are a rude bunch either- love the code of politeness bullet!

  19. Gruppos! 12th st and avenue B.

    Patsys is awesome, Lombardi’s is ok, but gruppos is definetly worth a visit if
    your pondering whats the best pizza in NY.

    -Lifer.

  20. You could make that debate about anywhere. I live in a community where I did not grow up and therefore have no grade school connections with anyone. I am an absolute stranger, an outsider. My friends tend to be newbies to the community as well. Somedays it makes me laugh. When do any of us fit in to an adopted hometown?

  21. This is a great post. As a new New Yorker I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the city from your perspective. I suppose it’s easy whenever any place is new to someone to find the experience enchanting and exciting… I’m still very much in the “honeymoon” phase of my residency. Cheers and congrats on being freshly pressed! -Rebecca

  22. I recently visited friends in New York and honestly, I am amazed that so many people choose to live there and even more amazed that anyone likes it. It was great to visit, but the last thing I would want to be considered is a New Yorker.

    Not that I think a New Yorker is a bad thing to be. I have several friends who I love dearly that consider themselves as such. It just is not me at all. (Obviously, since I don’t even get why everyone wants to be there.) Yeah, I might not be evolved enough or something like that.

    Good post. I saw evidence of some of your points even in my short stay there.

    Crystal

  23. Thank you for writing such a witty, well written article about my favorite city to visit. Atlanta is a huge place to but you don’t “feel” the beat of the city the way you do in New York. I was just there to experience New York City at Christmas and enjoyed blogging about it “live” from midtown Manhattan. Its definitely like no other place on earth and I look forward to reading more posts about it from you!
    Congratuations on being Freshly Pressed!
    Michael

  24. I became a New Yorker when I left Bergen County and went to London xD “New Jersey” gets blank stares when people ask where you’re from. “New York” and they all understand.

    That thing about pre-walking the platform, haha! I do that in London, so I guess maybe I’m a Londoner now? :D I do know where to get the best pizza ;) (which believe me, is few and far between in the land of tea and crumpets)

  25. Patsy’s!? Pul-easse! When you want a real slice, jump on the B or Q, head out to avenue J in brookyln, and hit up DiFaras (plan to wait an hour@ least) then can you speak about being from NYC! (I kid, I kid, great post. I have 2 years left until I can claim Ny’er-dom myself)
    ~J

  26. Congrats on the freshly pressed and nice to see the category for status as a New Yorker! I am a self confessed londoner but have no idea what the protocol is for choice!!!

    When im next in the city i will try and locate patsy’s!!!

  27. Good post – Im not a New Yorker but I know several and I have a feeling they probably have their own definition of what it means to be one! Here in VA everyone is a transplant and instantly bonded by the horrendous DC traffic!

  28. I went to NY for a week during undergrad and I must say, I never wanted to leave lol. I had too much fun. Went to see Aida (Broadway play) and ate pizza I’ve only dreamed about lol. Thanks for sparking the memory!

  29. I am born a New Yorker and I love your post!

  30. Cute article , but you got one thing very wrong. Being born here I cannot agree with you that the BEST anything is found in Manhattan or at any upper brow institution. The best pizza bagels, and burgers, are found in dive pizza joints, mom & pop bagel stores, and greasy spoons in the outer five boroughs. That’s where the real food is made with heart.

    Also, a disaster is a horrible event, but it doesn’t make you a NYer. It makes you a survivor, which is only one part of being a NYer.

    Perhaps if you are here longer than you were in your hometown, then I believe you become a NYer. I can agree with that.

    The threshold is not lower than any other city. In fact amongst out of towners who try to define themselves by their current NYC mailing address, I would say those would be the people who try to claim citizenship under 10 years or so.

    In my book, and in many natives, you have a lot to prove! Sorry, have you seen the movie Gangs of NY? Then you probably know what I am talking about. Until you can accurately see a neighborhood’s demographic change over the generations, or until you understand that the soul of New York does NOT live in Manhattan, I don’t think you can claim that you are true New Yorker. Not yet at least…

  31. Hi, I was freshly pressed today as well — Dating Dementia. Great post. My dream is to live in NYC for a year or so! Keep up the great writing!

  32. I hit some of your markers after living in NYC for 2 years, but commuting into the City for work from Jersey for many more. Best pizza, Grimaldi’s, hands down. I never got a handle on the best bagel, but I do know that outside of NYC whatever passes for a bagel is usually not the real thing. Best burger never interested me. I always pre-walk the subway platform, even now!

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed. Your blog entry definitely deserves it. Funny, thoughtful and interesting.

  33. H&H?! I’ll take up that debate! :) The BEST Bagels in NYC by far are Absolute Bagel on 106 and Broadway. BY FAR!

  34. great post!

    To me though best burger is Dumont in Brooklyn and 5 napkin comes in second place. :) I agree with H&H. Pizza spot is tie between Lombardi’s and Grimaldi’s!

  35. Spotted… Upper West Sider ;-)

  36. at least the rules dont seem as strict as they are in vermont…i have a friend who got told she wasnt a true vermonter because her MOTHER was born in mass!

  37. I once read a piece about how New York becomes part of you the moment you first visit. But I do suppose that is a little unfair to people who actually LIVE in New York, and pay taxes there…

    I will say, though, that when I visited NYC in July (for the first time ever, I am from South Africa) I did not really get the idea that there was an “us and you” thing going.

    Anyway, I really like this post, good going! :)

  38. I thought it was New Yawk!

    Yes I’m an original East Coaster but have long lost the accent.

    Still, there is nothing that quite compares to New York.

  39. I have lived in Texas since 1963. There is no where in the world, I would rather live. As to what makes a New Yorker? I was born and raised in Manhattan (Harlem), New York. I left the city at age 17 to join the U.S. Air Force. Deep in my heart, I will always be a New Yorker, even though I have no desire to return to the city, in order to live there again.

  40. I moved to CO back in ’93, but go back once a year to visit. It only takes 5 minutes out of LaGuarda to get the NY grove back. Another item is speech. After all these years in CO, I still get asked via most phone conversations with non-friends, “Hey, where you from?”. CO is a great place to live and enjoy, but, it’s not NY!

  41. Great post… I like to consider myself a NYer but I’ll always be a New Englander at heart. When you know the food vendors by name and their life story as well as the people the stand in your train car, you are getting to NYer status.

  42. Been in NYC seven years…I consider myself a New Yorker ;) I can’t imagine leaving Manhattan! (but I’ve paid my dues by living in Queens and Brooklyn at certain times within the last 7 years!)

  43. Ah, yes, a New Yorker… You can take the girl out of the city, but you can never take the city out of the girl. It’s all in the attitude, the state of mind, and the accent.

  44. I think you officially become a New Yorker when you accidentally cut off a police car in heavy traffic and he just flips you off instead for giving you a citation for reckless driving.

    Great post! And congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

    Blessings,

    Ava
    xox

  45. Fantastic post! I struggled with the same question the first few years I lived here as well but there’s something so unique about this city and you hit the nail on the head when you identify that what really makes you a New Yorker is the ownership you take over this city. Either you can make it or you can’t and the way you make it is by reaching into the city, attaching your heart to its heart and just falling madly, deeply in love with it in such a way that you don’t even notice all the little things you do.

  46. Funny, for years I asked myself the question “when am I no longer a New Yorker?” I grew up on Long Island, but moved to Michigan in 1993. But for years I felt it important for people to know I was from New York (actually I would say Long Island as they would then know it was NY) even though I lived in Michigan. Now after about 17-18 years, I think I can accurately say I am from Michigan!! Good post!

  47. Hahahahahaha! I couldn’t agree more. NY is def one of the places where if you can make it here you can make it ANYWHERE! Whew! …..There was a cute post written a while back that has a few of your sentiments. http://mymomentmycloud.wordpress.com/2010/06/04/youre-not-a-real-nyer-until/

  48. I was lucky enough to visit NYC a few years back. Not so luck to visit it when it didn’t get above 25 degrees the entire trip, and some guy committed suicide across the street during a tour.
    They have the best food…in general…soup, pizza, cheesecake…I will not argue with you!
    And they have the nicest people, unless you are a tourist standing in the middle of the sidewalk, oh you will help us, but only to get us out of the effing way! ;)
    I will have to argue that it smells like poo. At least when I visited.
    Maybe it is like the smell of Vegas (cigarettes).
    Great post…thanks for making me hungry.

  49. I’m a born and raised New Yorker, and this has always been one of the first questions people who are not from here ask me! I loved the post because I can never think of an answer that seems right to me. My snobbish born and raised ways tell me that NO ONE is, but then, where would that leave my parents who would be considered lifers? I think six to ten years sounds right. Agree with H&H, but gotta say Grimaldi’s on the pizza, and Ox Cart in Flatbush for the burger. Really enjoyed this post!

  50. Never been to New York, but here’s a link that proves my city is better than yours ;). Great Post!

    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/01/how_corvallis_ore_exceeds_new.html

  51. I visited New York one time. Loved it. A woman on a bus dropped something and I picked it up for her. She looked at me and asked me where I was from. Is that the way to tell if someone is not from New York?

  52. I’m not sure when you become a New Yorker, but I know for sure once you are one you never stop being one no matter where you are. I’m in Santa Cruz now and I’m still a New Yorker. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  53. I don’t know if I want to move to New York or the West Coast for law school– probably San Fran Bay Area. Seems like I might find more broken dreams and frightful capitalism in NY. At the same time, it is the de facto capitol of our nation.

    But I’m just not so sure that’s a good thing…

    The West Coast is going to boom with my gen. A bunch of my friends want to head West. I should mention I’m kind of a liberal hipster. So maybe I’d fit in better with the freaks like me in Seattle and Portland.

  54. I’ve been in NY — living north of the city — since 1989, having moved from Toronto. It took a long time to say I’m a NYer, and I claim the title without having to live in the five boroughs.

    You’re a NYer when you find city driving fun, sort of like bumper cars, instead of scary.

    You’re a NYer when you know your way to all the airports and know that parking there longterm is a total mistake.

    You’re a NYer when you can give city-based friends reliable bar and restaurant recommendations.

    NYC is like a very small child: it can be utterly charming or projectile vomit all over you with no warning at a;;. Once you know and accept this, you’re good to go.

  55. In Texas you basically have to be several generations deep to earn your stripes.

  56. You’re a New Yorker when you visit somewhere else and start complaining about how slow the people are moving.

  57. “You pre-walk the subway platform to the car that will be nearest your exit when you arrive at the next subway platform.”

    LOL. I SO DO THIS!!!!!! …and my chest does puff up when I hear “Empire State of Mind,” especially when I’m visiting my family & friends in California.

    Good post! After living in New York City for 4 years, I wonder the same!

    …oh yea, haven’t tried 5 Napkin, but I have to go with the burger at The Spotted Pig and the Shake Shack Stack at Shake Shack.

  58. i wanna be a new yorker. unfortunately, im a los angeleser… but it doesnt sound right.. congrats on being freshly pressed!! :]

  59. I have a theory that we should be able to choose the answer to “Where are you from?” based on where you liked living the most. I can’t help where I was born or where my parents moved. The first place I CHOSE to live was New York. I lived there for four years as a university student.

    It was my chosen place, so I adopt it by considering myself a New Yorker. After all, I can still navigate the MTA system like a pro.

  60. Great great read. I’m soon to move to the city and long for the day when I can legitimately consider myself a New Yorker – though according to your math, that’ll be when I’m 66 ;)

  61. Funny thing of HIMYM, they seem to have their own standard of Real New York. Still hard for me to understand why people are so eager for that.

  62. My wife became a New Yorker when she used the term “fat slob”

  63. “Someone once told me that you know you’re a New Yorker when you reach this breaking point: As much as you may hate the city on any given day, you hate the thought of living elsewhere even more.”

    I only made it 16 months before I retreated to the Midwest, but this statement sums up most of the “New Yorkers” I met.

  64. According to a cab driver I had last week, for every full year you live in the city you become 25% more of a New Yorker. So after 4 years, you can call yourself a true New Yorker.

    http://happensafterfive.wordpress.com

  65. and then there are those who were to the great city born but now foolishly live elsewhere; we remain eternally New Yorkers with the “right of return.”

  66. Well written. I have never even been to New York, so I’m not qualified to comment further!

  67. Reading this article brings back nostalgic memories. I lived there for five years–first Downtown and then in Morningside Heights. I’m going on a rocky year two in L.A. One of my friends recently moved to NYC from L.A. Whenever I still talk to my friends that still live reside there, I get a little sad. Whenever the song “Empire State of Mind” comes up in my ipod, a certain string tugs in my heart. One minute I hated the city and the next I loved it. After having lived in other places–I don’t quite feel that same relationship with other places. Before I left for NYC, my friends joked, “You’ll be back” but I said “I don’t think so.”

    However, now I’m thinking returning back to the big Apple isn’t such a bad idea. I miss the edginess, the bluntness and of course shopping!

  68. OK, not a bad piece but you’re dead wrong on the bagel front. Absolute on 108th and Broadway is up there. Everybody’s got there favorite of course – but H & H ain’t the best.

    Hate to be conservative here, but there is another possibility. It’s not about where you’re at but where ya from. If you weren’t born and raised in New York City, you may be a New Yorker of sorts, but except for people who seem like they were born to live in NYC and be a part of its cultural fabric (Les Paul for example, the jazz greats that moved there), you really aren’t a “New Yorker.”

    You can’t move to Boston, but that sure doesn’t make you a Bostonian (ask a native if you doubt me). So no offense to all the cool kids moving to Brooklyn – more power to ya – but y’all aren’t New Yorkers!

  69. Interesting discussion!

  70. I love this post. Thanks.

    I’m a New Yorker through and through. Even though I live in Colorado, I STILL get homesick when I see any movies featuring New York! (I’m watching The Warriors and Odd Couple this week!)

  71. Here is my opinion about new york :)… well at least about the area I live on.

    http://javierbernal.org/2011/01/17/please-dont-feed-the-animals/

  72. You’re only a New Yorker if you’re born here, end of discussion. Be proud of wherever you may have came from, but don’t claim this “birthright.”

  73. As Americans, we are all New Yorkers.

  74. Mèo Lười Việt Reply January 27, 2011 at 5:35 am

    You can’t help but smile and feeling resentfully cheesy whenever Empire State of Mind plays.

  75. NYC is not for me, I appreciate al the blaha but you can have it and keep it.

  76. Interesting article… I was planning a trip to New York very soon.

  77. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed, great post. :)

  78. Great post — congrats on being FP’d.
    I love NY — have been there twice and am planning my next trip. Was there for New Years in ’05 and then again this past summer. Living in Canada’s frozen North – more particularly, Alberta — I am always dreaming of living somewhere else. If I was 30 years younger and had the courage I have now — I’d definitely live in ‘the big apple’.

  79. Great post ! But why dispute a bagel, a far as I am concerned there is no food as bland and tasteless a a bagel lol, and I have had bagels from Montreal Bagels and those are recognized as a the world’s best bagel !!

  80. Nice article about New York City. I would never claim to be a New Yoker though I have ancestors from Flushing and other parts. I also spent two years living in Manhattan, but so long ago in the hazy days of disco in the late 1970s. I had a blast and walked away from the island with a clean bill of health by pure luck and becuase I have the uncanny ability to say “No, thanks.”

    Anyway, the image that has graced the cover of the “New Yorker” magazine caught my eye. Actually my mother has been receiving this magazine for probably over 60 years. She was born in Mt Vernon, New York; my father in White Plains.

    So hello.

    rrbpenultimate

  81. its when you take everything in your stride – the snow, the cab drivers, Bloomy, the street beggers, the losing sports team. then you become a NYer..

    http://cynicseyeview.wordpress.com

  82. Thank you for this great post. I moved to New York by way of Texas and spent 11 hard, glorious and life-affirming years in the Big Apple. When I was in New York, I would always think of Texas as home, but now that I’ve moved to LA (yes, gasp!), New York is the place I miss. I didn’t realize how much of a New Yorker I was until I left. And as for a burger, give Mother’s in Williamsburg a try. And if anyone has any recommendations for pizza in LA, please let me know!

  83. That was fun to read! Why thank you =)
    I guess that is a very good question to every resident of any city. When do you become a “city resident”?
    Makes me want to write about Toronto too =)

    To me, it is the moment that you fall in love with your city. That moment you were sitting in a park looking around and have that great overwhelming feeling and you can’t explain it, then you end up looking like this weirdo in the park with a huge smile on your face.

    I think to me, you are officially part of the city when you blurted out loud ‘This is my home’. People can live in a place their entire life but you’d be surprised that even they can be a stranger there.

  84. Interesting question. I’d have to say when you get robbed! :-)

  85. belatedly: great post. quite enjoyable. and congrats on getting pressed!

  86. just visited NY for an interview and i hope i get the chance to somehow earn my NYhood stripes.

  87. I like your article and especially your picture above of the train station.
    I don’t know if you heard this before but…
    -You become a New Yorker when you never really or haven’t in a long time visited the attraction sites (statue of liberty, empire state building, ellis island)because you would never have or haven’t in a long time the time to go see them even if you live there.

  88. After eating so much NYC pizza, I’ve lost the ability to put them in order from best to worst! Patsy’s is great though.

  89. ตั๋วเครื่องบินราคาถูก

    ts when you take everything in your stride – the snow, the cab drivers, Bloomy, the street beggers, the losing sports team. then you become a NYer..

  90. I’m a native New Yorker (born and raised for 35 years), and have to say that once you become one, you will always be one. Even down here in Florida, I am surrounded by my migrating comrades (one of which is my neighbor). I headed south because I do not care for the cold and snowy winter season but love to head home a few times between spring and late fall.

    Good luck to those seeking to call NY their home! Awesome place to live!

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