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You Know You Live in New York City When...

25 Signs that You Reside in the Biggest City in America

You Know You Live in New York City When...

Ask anyone who's ever visited, and they'll tell you that there's no other place in the world quite like New York City. While tourists may think that they know the Big Apple, below are 25 ways to confirm that you're a true resident of the city that never sleeps.

1. You've grown used to getting hit with random smells on the street, including but not limited to: urine, garbage, decomposing flesh.

2. You've been subjected to at least one group on the subway begging for money performing.

3. You avoid Time Square like the plague.

4. You get extremely frustrated when people aren't moving fast enough on the street.

5. You'll eat $1 pizza, even if it sucks.

6. The people selling city tours stopped trying to solicit you.

7. You think nothing of homeless people, protestors, or drunk residents screaming on the streets.

8. You never wait for a signal to begin crossing the road.

9. You're loyal to a specific bagel shop and refuse to go anywhere else.

10. You justify spending $300 at Whole Foods, if it means you don't have to walk another few blocks.

11. You refer to New York as "the city," and expect others to do the same.

12. You have more money on your Metro Card than debit card.

13. You take late-night trips to places like Starbucks and Duane Reade, because they're always within a block of you.

14. You have no concept of personal space.

15. Your wardrobe is dominated by the color black.

16. Speeding bikes scare you more than cars.

17. You have a personal relationship with your Seamless delivery man (shoutout Jose!).

18. You've forgotten what silence sounds like.

19. You consider Central Park to be rural.

20. You've accepted that the dogs in the city have better outfits than you.

21. You get asked for directions by tourists at least once a month.

22. You've paid $12+ for a drink...

23. ...and subsequently vomited in a cab/train station/subway

24. You have a special connection to shows that take place in NYC, like Law and Order SVU.

25. You're not phased by piles of garbage on the street (or anything for that matter).

And of course, you know that while New York City has its flaws, you couldn't imagine your current life being lived anywhere else.

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