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Old 07-19-2013, 12:05 PM
 
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I'd probably say that NYC (particularly boroughs like Queens, etc.) and Miami are two of the "least" traditionally American cities. They are melting pots filled with immigrants. Of course "bronxguyanese" does allude to the fact that there are plenty of wealthy transplants & former suburbanites sprinkled into various sections of Brooklyn & Manhattan.

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Maybe that's because your American stereotypes are based on New Yorkers? If anything New York is probably one of the least "American" cities since it has such a high proportion of immigrants and expats.
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Jamestown, NY
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It's hard to explain. Basically I think anyone could come from anywhere in the USA and find they could understand and relate to a new yorker. However say if you moved from rural america in the east to LA or San Fran then you would find people pretty strange. In a way, maybe movies etc have prepared the rest of the US for something closer to the new yorker as to what an "american" is.
I don't think that's true at all. For the tens of millions of Americans who don't live in huge metro areas like the Boston-Washington metroplex, Chicago, etc, NYC is an alien place, and most couldn't understand how people could live there. I think these people living in smaller places, as well as those living in big metros like Atlanta or Dallas, would probably be more comfortable with the sprawling, car-centric culture of LA and San Fran than they would with NYC. That's much more like what they know than Manhattan (which is generally the idea of NYC people get from movies and TV).
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:32 PM
 
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It's hard to explain. Basically I think anyone could come from anywhere in the USA and find they could understand and relate to a new yorker. However say if you moved from rural america in the east to LA or San Fran then you would find people pretty strange. In a way, maybe movies etc have prepared the rest of the US for something closer to the new yorker as to what an "american" is.
When you visited, did you happen to go to all of the other "touristy" areas where you would be around extra "American" people? If you didn't happen upon "strange" then I think you missed most of the city.
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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It's hard to explain. Basically I think anyone could come from anywhere in the USA and find they could understand and relate to a new yorker. However say if you moved from rural america in the east to LA or San Fran then you would find people pretty strange. In a way, maybe movies etc have prepared the rest of the US for something closer to the new yorker as to what an "american" is.

I don't know about that I feel like a lot of middle america comes here as tourists partially because NYC is so different and dare I say exotic.
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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I'd probably say that NYC (particularly boroughs like Queens, etc.) and Miami are two of the "least" traditionally American cities. They are melting pots filled with immigrants. Of course "bronxguyanese" does allude to the fact that there are plenty of wealthy transplants & former suburbanites sprinkled into various sections of Brooklyn & Manhattan.
Some people would argue Miami is the most American since it has people from all over the American continent. That's another way of looking at things though...
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Plandome, NY
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I wish I can drape myself with the American flag everyday on the nyc subways
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:00 PM
 
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New York is ultra-American in its focus on money, speed, and self-invention.

It's un-American in its diversity (in all senses of the word), live-and-let-live attitude, and overall urbanity.

If you're born here or have lived here a long time, you forget how alien something as simple as a ride on the 7 train is to 90 percent of Americans.
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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When you visited, did you happen to go to all of the other "touristy" areas where you would be around extra "American" people? If you didn't happen upon "strange" then I think you missed most of the city.
Based mostly off of traffic in the subway and streets going inbetween places in manhattan. So it might have been more heavily tourist influenced than I expected.
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:31 PM
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I agree New York and NYers are not typical American/s. New York City doesn't represent the rest of USA. If a foreigner only visits NYC, they don't get an idea on what the rest of the USA is like.
Agreed. NYC is so different from the rest of America. It's like saying Paris represents France.
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Then they could move back to their country of origin.
Yeah, I don't think the US has much to offer in the way of life improvement unless you're coming from a 3rd world or conflict-torn country
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