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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A is for Alum

The members of our chapter who have graduated. These members are a range of ages and can participate in all kinds of alumna events.

B is for Bid Day

The best day of the year when our chapters get to accept a new pledge class of members.

C is for Chapter

Our weekly meetings where we learn about sisterhood and philanthropy events, date parties, etc., as well as take care of any sort of chapter business.

D is for Date Parties

Some of the best nights of the year are getting dressed up with your friends and your dates and attending date parties.

E is for Executive Board

The people that make the chapter run smoothly. The chapter wouldn't function without your president, VP, finance, standards, etc.

F is for Fried Friday

The best day of the week at the house. When the chefs cook up chicken, mozzarella sticks, fried pickles, french fries, corn dogs, fried mac n cheese, fried corn, fried green tomatoes and whatever else your heart desires.

G is for Greek Week

One of the most competitive and most fun weeks of the year. Spent playing dodgeball, whiffle ball, doing dance-offs, and more!

H is for Hand Sign

No matter what sign it is, we love to throw what we know!

I is for Initiation

The day that we get to cross from new member to active member of our chapter.

J is for Just Here So I Don't Get Fined

As much as we love to hang out with our sisters, sometimes life gets in the way and we wish we had more free time. Sometimes we're only attending an event so that we don't get fined.

K is for Kick-Off

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L is for Letters

Our identity within the Greek community.

M is for Mom

Our house mom can never take the place of our real mom but she is great for lending an ear and helping solve any issues that come up within the sorority.

N is for Norts

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O is for Organized

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P is for Philanthropy

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Q is for Queso

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R is for Recruitment

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S is for Sisterhood

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Y is for Youth

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This One’s For Africa


Read through to the end for an amazing Toto reference.


It's now been a week since I stepped foot on the African continent for the first time in my life. I first visited Johannesburg, where my dad and I spent a day on an 'apartheid tour.'

This tour consisted of visiting Shanty Town, one of the poorest communities in South Africa. The living conditions were indeed different. They had to steal electricity through homemade wires connected to the telephone poles. They had only a few porta potties for ten families to share. They had several spickets to obtain fresh water from. There was no heating in the houses, which were made from pieces of painted aluminum.

Such inconvenient circumstances have come from years of oppression towards black people in South Africa. It was incredibly sad to know that these problems still exist and that apartheid only ended so recently.

On the other hand, the people showed very little anger. Despite their living situations, the people of Shanty Town were so kind and welcoming. Everyone we passed smiled and waved, often even saying hello or asking about our wellbeing.

It brought some serious warmth to our hearts to see their sense of community. Everyone was in it together, and no man was left behind. They created jobs and opportunities for one another. They supported each other.

The next part of the day included a tour of Nelson Mandela's old house. We then made a trip to the Apartheid Museum.

Overall, Johannesburg did not disappoint. The city contains a rich history that human beings as a whole can learn a lot from. Johannesburg is a melting pot that still contains a multitude of issues concerning racism and oppression of certain cultures.

After two days in Johannesburg, my family made our way to Madikwe game reserve, where we stayed at Jaci's Lodge.

The safari experience was absolutely incredible. Quite cold (it's winter in Africa right now), but amazing enough to make up for the shivering. We saw all my favorite animals: giraffes galore, elephants, zebras, impalas, lions, hyenas, wildebeests, rhinos, you name it. While my favorite animal will always be the giraffe, I don't think any sighting could beat when two different herds of elephants passed through a watering hole to fuel up on a drink.

Finally on June 1st, I flew to George to start my program with Africa Media in Mossel Bay. On Sunday, we went on an 'elephant walk.'

The safari was certainly cool, but that makes the elephant walk ice cold. We got to walk alongside two male elephants - one was 25, the other 18. They were so cute!! We got to stroke their skin, trunk, and tusks. They had their own little personalities and were so excited to receive treats (fruits and vegetables) at the end of the journey.

My heart couldn't be more full. Africa, you have become my favorite continent. And it sure is going to take a lot to drag me away from you.

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