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Old 07-19-2019, 06:25 PM
 
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Not really...

Myself, friends, family and countless others from Staten Island past and present refer to Manhattan as the "city".

If someone from SI says they are going "into the city" we know they mean Manhattan.

Ditto if someone says they want a ride to "the city", works in "the city", or whatever else.
SI is the most suburban borough. I do not recall the elders in my family (almost all natives of Brooklyn and Queens), saying "the city" to describe Manhattan.
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Old 07-19-2019, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, NY
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“The City” goes back to when Manhattan was The City and the other boros were their own municipal entities. It is most certainly not a transplant-ism.
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Old 07-19-2019, 07:13 PM
 
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In my experience, it is always italian americans who use that phrase...


another common nickname for manhattan i often heard is "the island" among a lot of asian americans.
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Old 07-19-2019, 08:27 PM
 
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Referring to Manhattan as "The City" is as old as there being 5 boroughs to NY. My family has been here since they stepped off the boat and any time they go to Manhattan it's "Going to the city". Going to Brooklyn is simply "Going to Brooklyn", same w/ other outer boroughs. The transplants didn't create that one.

Manhattan is and always will be the "Core" borough. Brooklyn sees itself as a world apart from the rest of NY and likes it that way. Harlem and The Bronx are their own identities. Queens really doesn't even exist...it's what neighborhood your in: "Astoria", "Jamaica", "Flushing", "Jackson Heights".
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Old 07-19-2019, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Gods country
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Old school NYer here. When we said we were going to the city it meant Manhattan.
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Old 07-19-2019, 10:14 PM
 
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Old school NYer here. When we said we were going to the city it meant Manhattan.
Exactly. Spoke this way in the 90s, 00s and now.
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Old 07-20-2019, 04:57 AM
 
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I have heard native born NYers saying "going to the city" meaning going into Manhattan. So it isn't a transplant expression.
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Old 07-20-2019, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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Just a question - why is it that every other transplant says, "I'm going to the city" - meaning when they come into Manhattan from let's say, Brooklyn? As I understand it, "The City" is all five boroughs not just Manhattan.

Someone - who's not even from the US was actually telling me that, "the city" is only Manhattan. I disagree, and I'd never say, "Im leaving the city" when I go to Brooklyn, the Bronx or Queens.
This is not a transplant thing at all. Quite the opposite. In my experience going back to the 70's it is outer borough NYC natives who have used this expression. If transplants are using it these days it is because they picked it up from natives.

Also, maybe they think it makes them sound more authentic to say "going to the city" so they have an incentive to use it.

And technically, "New York City, New York" or NYC,NY or NY,NY is only Manhattan....not any of the other boroughs....... so there is a long history behind Manhattan being referred to as "The City "

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Old 07-20-2019, 07:22 AM
 
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Exactly. Spoke this way in the 90s, 00s and now.
It’s even older than that.
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Old 07-20-2019, 07:36 AM
 
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New Yorkers from outside Manhattan have always called Manhattan 'The City'. The elevated stations on the Culver 'F' Line had these incoming train indicators in the station mezzanines. They would buzz and light up 'TO CITY' for Manhattan bound trains and 'FROM CITY' for Coney Island bound trains. In the 1980s the signage was changed to a more accurate 'To Manhattan' and 'To Coney Island'.


Some real old timers on Staten Island still say 'New York' for Manhattan. An old friend would say 'I have to go to New York today'. The S.I. Ferry paper tickets said 'To N.Y.' for trips to Manhattan until the late 1990s. But today most Staten Islander say 'the city' for Manhattan.
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