48 Unmistakable Signs You're From New York City

48 Obvious Signs That You Are A True New Yorker

We're not walking too fast, you're just walking EXTREMELY slow.


New York might be hands-down one of the most popular places in the United States because of the endless opportunities, 24-hour hangout spots, and non-stop activities. New York City ALONE is home to 8 million people, which brings the most tourist attractions in the whole state.

What people fail to realize is that there's more to New York than just NYC. Sometimes, people forget about Long Island, Westchester County and pretty much the REST of New York State. To other people, we are seen as "fast-paced, rude, and all we care about is pizza and the New York Yankees."

But New York for me is more than those stereotypes. I'll consider it my first home no matter where I decide to move. Even though when people think of New York, they only recognize the city portion, pretty much anywhere else in New York has the same dialect and attitude. Here are some obvious signs to spot a true New Yorker, whether it's NYC or upstate:

1. You hate when people walk extremely slow.

It bugs me when people walk five miles per hour when you have places to go and people to see. I especially hate walking behind tourists when they want to take pictures of a fire hydrant for the gram. MOVE!

2. And people from other states tell you that you walk too fast.

My friends from my school in Maryland always tell me that and I get so confused because I think that THEY'RE walking too slow.

3. "Baconeggandcheese is ONE word."

And then right after that you have to say "saltpepperketchup" really fast and they'll get the message. I'm still waiting for that dictionary definition because…

4. Your parallel parking game is STRONG.

*Adds this skill to resume.* If you want to live in New York with a car and you don't know how to parallel park, you're screwed. Don't even bother coming. And this isn't just NYC, this is EVERYWHERE in New York. Nobody has the time to sit there and wait for you to take 50 tries parking in a spot that we know you're not going to fit into.

5. ​People are always asking you to say "coffee," "water," or "quarter."

I get asked this on the daily and people get excited when I say those things. I don't know.

6. You side eye people from New Jersey who call themselves New Yorkers.

Sorry boo, just because the Hudson River and the GW Bridge are linking us together does NOT mean we're related. But then again, New York and New Jersey share a whole football team and a lot of us are always traveling back and forth. You know what, I guess I can give you guys a pass!

7. ​The slang "deadass" can either be a question, a statement on how serious you are, or if you're agreeing with someone.

It just depends on the conversation. And yes, "deadass" is one word. Please don't separate dead and ass. That literally just means a "dead ass." You get what I'm saying?

8. You don't say "swear to God," you say, "word to mother."

The Kardashians say Bible and we say WTM. I guess you can call us religious because it's not right to swear to the high and mighty. (Forgive me God for even typing that phrase out.)

9. Wanting to fight anyone who even talks about Biggie in a negative way.

New Yorkers take him seriously. If you are from the West Coast, don't even bother bringing up Tupac, because you will be in an argument for 3 days…

10. ​You're more likely to own a pair of Timberlands over UGG boots.

Rumor has it is that men lick the bottom of other men's Timberlands to see if they are on the same block…

11. You could care less about bomb threats and terrorist attacks as long as the trains are still running on schedule.

I guarantee you will hear a New Yorker say "There's bomb threats everyday b." But seriously, they don't care about threats. As long as the trains are running, it's just a regular day.


And you sure as hell don't plan on going in the near future either. Everyone knows that's a one-way ticket to get trampled and mushed by tourists.

13. If you see a cat by the cash register at the bodega…just know, that's the MANAGER.

Exactly, so stop writing angry Yelp reviews about random animals in the deli. I heard that one cat in the Bronx makes a mean bacon egg and cheese.

14. People say you "TAWK LIKE THIS."

First of all, not EVERYONE from New York talks like that...actually, NO ONE talks like that...while calm.

15. You have been told you're extremely loud.

I have plenty of different times. I think my hearing has gone bad from all of that honking. Maybe that's why?

16. When riding public transportation, your "minding your business" game is also strong.

I'm only minding my business when people are fighting or when someone starts dancing for money on the train.

17. Your mom saying, "I'm almost there, I'm on the highway and 10 mins away," and hearing "stand clear of the closing doors please. BOOP-BOOP."

Yes, my mom has done this to me. Girl, I know you're still on the train.

18. Being (sort of) a pizza snob.

People think you have a degree in pizzas because all you talk about is the best pizza shops. The one thing I can admit is that pretty much EVERY New Yorker will claim that our pizza is the best. It's just something in that dough, man.

19. Your mouth is lethal when you're pissed off.

Yeah, I don't know either.

20. Always picking up the pace when you hear the classic mating call, "AYO MA!"


21. There's a deli/bodega on pretty much every corner.

Don't ever say that you're in a deserted area with no food because that's a lie. And this doesn't apply to just NYC, it's pretty much everywhere in New York.

22. Getting annoyed when people assume that everyone from New York lives in NYC.

I live about 30 minutes away, but honey, it's completely different. All of my friends from Maryland assume this but get mad when I jokingly refer to Baltimore. Yikes.

23. When you agree with someone you say "FACTS."

Honestly, "facts," "deadass," and "true story" are forms of supporting evidence that someone from New York either agrees with you or is stating something politically correct and your best bet is not to argue with their statement. People also say "fax no printer," but maybe that's just the people around me.

24. Always complaining about how New York is TRASH, but when someone from another state says it, you're ready to take your earrings off and fight.

No sweetie, nobody roasts my state but ME. Keep your opinions to yourself back in Nebraska.

25. You don't care about jaywalking.

See, this can be hypocritical from both ways. As a walker, you could care less about cars having the right of way. But as a DRIVER, it is the most frustrating thing a New Yorker can feel.

26. Only in New York does "dumb smart," "dead died" and "mad happy" make sense.

We're known for our confusing oxymoron slang. I can see why other states look at us like we're crazy. (The word "dumb" means very or extremely, and "dead" means really or for emphasis, and mad is also the same as really. I know, it's okay if it sounds crazy.)

27. Cardi B is your spirit animal.

She did say she was the King of NY. Who the hell is Tekashi 6ix9ine?

28. Slipping on black ice almost every day in the winter.

The entire New York state turns into an ice skating rink. #SlippinSzn

29. Sometimes you need a car, sometimes you don't.

Let me translate. In New York State, you need a car because everything is far; in NYC, what the hell is a car? Where do I park?

30. If the restaurant's health grade isn't an A, you ain't eating there…PERIOD.

No A-, no B+, it's A only sweetie. PERIODDDD! (I've noticed that the city is the only place that does this. Hmmm… wonder why.)

31. Tourists piss you off.

Yeah seriously, what's the big deal about taking pictures next to a fire hydrant?

32. You don't care how old you are, you're always going to run to a woman pushing a cart full of ices.

Gosh, quality ices for just $1. You haven't lived until you try one.

33. It's impossible to be bored.

Unless you live there or work there, I can't answer for everyone. But going to the city always puts me in a good mood. I'm glad it's so big so I don't have to run into anyone I hate.

34. The Metro North is ridiculously expensive.

I can't stand those money-hungry vultures, but then again, I get to the city in like 30 mins. So maybe a win-win?

35. Bumping into hundreds of eighth grade girls taking a group picture at Grand Central.

$20 those girls are either from Westchester or Connecticut.

36. Everyone pregames on the Metro North and no one cares.

None of the conductors care anymore. People don't even bother to be discreet, either. I've seen someone who looked 17 on the train with some Four Loko and chug it in the aisle seat. Like I said earlier, the "mind your business game" is STRONG.

37. You know your relationship is getting SERIOUS if you guys go to Bryant Park together.

Bryant and Central Park are the places where every couple goes. It's basically a meaning for defining the relationship. If you and bae haven't been yet, he doesn't love you boo.

38. When you're riding the train and someone starts singing and dancing.

Listen, man, I don't have a dollar on me, please leave me alone. I just want to get to my stop. This is when I stare at my phone for the entire time until they finish as if I wasn't paying attention whatsoever.

39. You're not a fan of baseball, but you own nothing but clothes and hats with the New York Yankees symbol...don't lie.

THIS IS SOME HARDCORE FACTS! I don't know a thing about baseball, but I own nothing but Yankees gear. I have the shirt and the hat in pink and I don't know how I got it in the first place. We also have the New York Mets, but it gets overshadowed by Yankees fans.

40. Getting asked if the rats here are the size of dogs.

First of all, WHAT THE HELL? And second, just because people make jokes about NYC subway rats doesn't mean the same rules apply for New York STATE. And yes, I was asked this question and I was so confused…but then again, doesn't hurt to laugh.

41. Your honk button probably doesn't work anymore because all you do is abuse it.

Fun fact: There's a law in NYC that says you can't honk or you'll pay a $350 fine….yeah, I'm laughing at that too. (Honking is a form of communication in New York.)

42. You have a love/hate relationship with Times Square.

Times Square is only good for the pictures. Other than that, STAY AWAY. You're asking to get trampled at this point.

43. You cringe at the idea of giving up your seat when taking the train or bus.

I've never seen so many people run to your seat so fast as soon as you stand up to get off when the train is approaching your stop. (But even on the train, sometimes I'll get up if I see an elderly woman. Hasn't happened to me that much, but it's common courtesy.)

44. Cursing out someone on the road after they cut you off.

New York is the only state you can do this in and get away with it, because other states carry guns and you don't know what they're going to try. Be careful though. But anyways, New Yorkers cut people off faster than blinking.

45. You have at least one friend who is either Italian, Dominican, or Puerto Rican.

My bad, I meant at least 30.

46. Taxi cab drivers running through red lights just to catch a fare first.

And they don't even get the fare. Taxi cab drivers will run over your feet just to get a customer. Like chill.

47. Finding a parking spot is the greatest achievement you have ever accomplished.

Great! Now you have to parallel park 50 times.

48. You can NEVER get tired of New York because it's your home.

Even though you may complain about New York, you'll always miss it when you leave. And that doesn't stop you from talking people ear's off about how great your state is.

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10 Abnormally Normal Things About College

Some stuff just doesn't fly in the real world.

College is a weird, weird place. For whatever reason, the young adults who are supposed to be cultivating their minds with all of the worldly knowledge available to them, seem to get away with quite a bit using the justification "it's college." Even the best students live abnormally while on the alien planet that is a university. So, while to us college students it may just seem like another day, here are ten things that are only normal in college.

1. Straight up theft.

In the future, if I walk into my forty-something-year-old neighbor's home and see a collection of stolen signs, stuff from the local restaurant, and property from the construction site down the road, I would definitely be concerned about the character of my neighbor. However, in college, people proudly display campus signs, traffic cones, or dining hall napkin dispensers that they have impressively commandeered - it's a cheap decoration and a great conversation starter.

2. All-nighters.

Maybe with the exception of parents of little babies, very few people willingly stay up for close to 24 hours on end. In the real world, if a friend came to you and said that they literally did not sleep the previous night, it's completely logical to be worried. On the other hand, when a friend in college says that he was up all night you laugh a little, give him an understanding pat on the back, and walk with him to the coffee line.

3. Atrocious eating habits.

Sometimes you don't have time to eat. Sometimes you order pizza at 2 in the morning. Sometimes you eat three dinners. Sometimes you diet. All I can say, is thank goodness that our metabolisms are decently high at this age.

4. Breaking and entering.

In high school, you hopefully knew everyone who entered your home. After college, hopefully, that's still the case. However, when you live in the middle of thousands of bored college students, people knock at your door, walk into parties, cut through your yard, and stop by without invitation or hesitation. It keeps life fun, but still not normal.

5. Calling mom when stuff goes down.

I really doubt a time will ever come that I don't need to call my mom for guidance on how to do something. But, hopefully the frequency of those calls with go down a little bit post-graduation. Maybe after four years of doing it on my own, I'll know how to fill out government forms, cook real dinners, and get stains out. But for now, I'm going to keep calling while I still can without seeming totally pathetic.

6. Being intoxicated at weird times.

Drunk at noon on a Friday is the quintessence of an alcoholic at any time - unless it's college. Not that this is necessarily a good thing, and it certainly doesn't apply to everyone, but there aren't many other places where people would instantly assume someone is intoxicated if they're acting even a little weird. I've even seen people drink in the library....

7. The messed up dating scene.

There are people who meet the love of their life at college and live happily ever after. They are people who meet the supposed love of their life at college and never talk to them again after Sunday. There are people who use Tinder. Hormones are high, freedom is bountiful, and football players are cute - what else needs to be said?

8. A warped sense of time.

The career I'm pursuing will require me to be at work by 7 am, five days a week. I am fully aware of this. Now, will I enroll in an 8 am next semester? Absolutely not - I'm not a demon. In college, nights often start at 10 p.m., dinners are eaten at 4, and mornings can begin anywhere from 8 to 2. We don't get that whole 9-5 idea.

9. Costumes... for no apparent reason.

High schoolers have a dress code. Adults have dignity. College students have fun. Here, people will wear a corn costume to get on ESPN, a fanny pack to get into a fraternity, or a tutu to match a theme party. Is it actually a weird thing, though? No one even blinks an eye.

10. Insanely close friends.

Name another point in your life when you live with your friends, study with your friends, drive with your friends, eat with your friends, go out with your friends, and even grocery shop with your friends. I'll wait. At college, it's easy for friends to seem like family because you're with them constantly. Love it or hate it, it's weird about college.

So, enjoy this weirdness while you can - it won't last forever!


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12 Unhealthy College Habits That Never Should Have Become Normalized

No, you shouldn't have to pull an all-nighter to pass every exam.


College is a weird time in our lives, but it doesn't have to be bad for our health. Here are some trends I've seen on social media and watched my friends practice that really never should have become a "thing" for college students in the first place.

1. The "freshman 15."

Everyone has heard of the dreaded "freshman 15," where college freshmen gain 15 pounds because of access to all-you-can-eat dining halls. Rather than eating healthier options at the dining halls or, you know, only eating until you're full and not stuffing yourself, we've just accepted our fate to gain what's really a large amount of weight. Not a very healthy mindset.

2. Eating only junk food because we're "too poor" to buy real food.

For off-campus students, the theme is ramen and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. This is really not how it needs to be. You can buy a bunch of romaine lettuce for around $1 at the grocery store I go to in my college town, and other produce like broccoli, potatoes, and apples are always cheap. Shop sales and keep your pantry stocked on staples like dry pasta, rice, beans, and other canned vegetables. It's not that expensive to eat decently.

3. Gorging on food at the dining hall just because you can.

This is what leads to the freshman 15. Just because you can eat whatever you want doesn't mean you should.

4. Procrastinating EVERYTHING.

I'm always ahead of my schoolwork, but all of the people in my classes push things right down to the wire. It creates unnecessary stress. Just get things done in advance so you don't have to worry.

5. Being generally unorganized and struggling to keep your life together. 

Actually using my planner is one of the best things I've done for myself in college so far. I don't know why it became popular for college students to be a hot mess all the time, but again, do what you can to avoid putting unnecessary stress on yourself.

6. Pulling all nighters, ever.

If you don't understand it by midnight, you won't understand it any better by five in the morning. You'll do so much better with less studying and more sleep than the other way around. Take the L and go to bed.

7. Waiting until the very last minute to start studying for your finals.

This is what typically leads to the aforementioned all-nighters. If you have an exam in two weeks, start studying NOW. Give yourself time to figure out what you need to focus on and get in contact with your professor or a tutor if necessary. Do yourself the favor.

8. Getting blackout drunk Friday and Saturday night...every weekend.

A lot of college students like to drink. That's fine, I get it, college is stressful and you just want to have a good time. But you don't have to go out every night of every weekend and drink so much you don't remember anything that didn't occur between Monday-Friday every week. Give yourself a break from drinking every so often.

9. Getting iced coffee before class and being late because of it.

I always make sure I get to campus early if I plan to get Starbucks, which I often do. It's rude to come in late, and it's detrimental to your education to consistently miss class. Your coffee can wait if you're running late. Plan better next time.

10.  Committing to 10 different extracurriculars because "it'll boost your resume if you have more on it!"

If you only participate in one club where you're the head of marketing and the treasurer, that will look SO much better than if you participated in five clubs but were just...there for all of them. Excel in one thing rather than being mediocre in many.

11.  Skipping class whenever you feel like it.

You can take the occasional mental health day, but if you're just being lazy, you're only hurting yourself. Go to class. You're paying a lot of money for it, after all.

12.  Spending every last penny you have to go somewhere for spring break (Daytona Beach, anyone?).

"Broke" college kids always end up taking the most extravagant spring break vacations. I'm sure it's fun and you'll cherish the memories, but wouldn't you cherish that $500 more if you saved it for things you actually need rather than living off of ramen for a month when you get home?

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