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Old 08-22-2008, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Queens
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I agree - I think New Yorkers are great. That's why I want to be one of them.
You'll never really be one of them. What's up with the groupie status for real?
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Old 08-23-2008, 05:45 AM
 
Location: Confines of the 101 Precinct
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You'll never really be one of them. What's up with the groupie status for real?
geez talk about being a cynic
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Old 08-23-2008, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Queens
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geez talk about being a cynic
Quit picking on me today. I haven't even had my coffee yet.


But really...this leads to another conversation. What really makes you a NewYorker?
Although I like NYC for different reasons...I know I am a Californian by default. That's all.
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Old 08-23-2008, 10:36 AM
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What really makes you a NewYorker?
If you're a native? No way around that one.
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Old 08-23-2008, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Queens
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If you're a native? No way around that one.
That was EXACTLY my thought. I didn't know if I was being cynical for agreeing with that though.

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Old 08-23-2008, 09:22 PM
 
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I was there this past week getting situated and locking down my apartment. So many times New Yorkers would come right up to us, without us asking, if we looked confused on the Subway or on the Street. Seriously, the hospitality was very sincere (in my opinion) and was very much appreciated. People went out of there way for me a few times, and no, I'm not talking about those in the service industry working for tips (waiters, etc.). It made me all the much more comfortable in my new City. This Texan loves you guys.
That is so sweet, I appreciate your kindness to create this thread.

I hardly feel New Yorkers a cold, calculative bunch. Yes, we're hardcore and straight forward mostly but that's just us being no-nonsense and efficient. But in general people are glad to lend a helping hand, and in most neighborhoods there's still a sense of community existing in NY.

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Old 08-23-2008, 09:37 PM
 
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Personally I don't think you have to be a native New Yorker, born and raised, to be considered a "New Yorker". Whoever that embraces what makes it so great a city: the energy, the respect for privacy and individualism, the eagerness to self-improve, the no-nonsense, the go-with-the-flow attitude when off and the "can do" mentality when on, is open-minded and always welcomes the new change and new inspiration. Whoever that fits in with the city's rhythm and tempo, whoever survives the city's bluntness and brutality when it applies, whoever that has enough sense of humor to not take himself too seriously when living in a city that cynicism is a norm and perfectionism is what keeps you happy and anxious at the same time.

In a way, if you get the "spirit" of New York, then you're a New Yorker.

(NewYorkFan: you can be one of the New Yorkers even when living in another city, it's the matter of attitude & sassiness, it doesn't really matter if you're not physically living here.)
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Old 08-25-2008, 10:40 AM
 
Location: York, Maine
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I agree wholeheartedly texags02. I liked the guy that said this: (we looked lost)

"Where you goin?"

"Coney Island"

"1 train to 59th street. D train to Coney Island. Have fun." (He's already moving away)

No fanfare, no fluff but very nice.

And I've had good experiences for a few years now. On a previous trip one guy helped us as we got on the train, then he actually walked up 2 cars to be sure we got off at the right place.

Reputations are easy to loose but tough to gain. It must be that the rude reputation is from years ago or something. Anyway - lots of positive interactions during the week and few negative ones.

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Old 08-25-2008, 11:27 AM
 
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New Yorkers are short because they are usually living pressure filled lives. Also, when they are friendly, it is usually genuine, where as in some other places, watch your back as that Southern smile turns to scowl when you leave the room.
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Old 08-25-2008, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I've experienced the same helpful friendliness in San Francisco many times, which is another city not "known" for it. And most New Yorkers I've met in Calif and Oregon are very likable.

As for what constitutes being a native. . . . Well, if NYC is anything like here in the Portlandia area, most of its people are from somewhere else. And I use another New York forum where it didn't take me long to realize that a lot of the members are not natives. I can't imagine anyone living there and not know the city a little better than some of them do.
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