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Unread 12-17-2008, 01:47 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Default What does it mean to be a "New Yorker"?

Andrew Hacker is one of my favorite authors. He teaches political science at Queens College. I once mentioned to him that I was considering moving to NY and asked him what he thought of California (since I have my doubts about the state). He said that he had a chance to teach at Stanford, but he turned it down because he didn't want to be a "Californian." He told me her prefers NY and asked me if I had the temperament to be a "New Yorker." I couldn't answer.

So I put this out there. Please define what it means to be a "New Yorker."
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Unread 12-17-2008, 01:00 PM
 
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Andrew Hacker is one of my favorite authors. He teaches political science at Queens College. I once mentioned to him that I was considering moving to NY and asked him what he thought of California (since I have my doubts about the state). He said that he had a chance to teach at Stanford, but he turned it down because he didn't want to be a "Californian." He told me her prefers NY and asked me if I had the temperament to be a "New Yorker." I couldn't answer.

So I put this out there. Please define what it means to be a "New Yorker."
About not wanting to be a Californian, he probably meant a Southern Californian, which are known for their ostentateousness, however, the Northern part is totally different. One of my favorite states! About being a New Yorker, he probably meant being strong-minded, knowledgeable and intelligent, extremely competitive, hard working, fast-paced, not easily fooled, very upfront in their interactions, able to accept everyone at their own level. with a lack of pretentiousness, witty, street smarts, friendly, compassionate, exposed to the world due to so much culture, and diversity, living in a city that HAS IT ALL, and never sleeps.
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Unread 12-17-2008, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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It means you can deal with anything. And anyone.
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Unread 12-17-2008, 02:31 PM
 
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It means you live in New York and have a funny accent
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Unread 12-17-2008, 03:01 PM
 
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It means never having to say you're sorry.
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Unread 12-17-2008, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Rockland County New York
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It means you can deal with anything. And anyone.
Fred you hit the mark.
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Unread 12-17-2008, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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It means you live in New York and have a funny accent
Waddaya tawkin' about? Fuhgeddaboudit!
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Unread 12-17-2008, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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It means never having to say you're sorry.
It means you DON'T say you're sorry.
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Unread 12-17-2008, 06:31 PM
 
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I don't think a New Yorker has anything to do with saying sorry. I'm a born and raised New Yorker and always say sorry or excuse me because I have manners and i'm polite. I think a New Yorker has a certain attitude, like we don't take bull from anyone, are brutally honest, open-minded people. That's the most basic way that I can describe it.
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Unread 12-17-2008, 07:52 PM
 
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I don't think a New Yorker has anything to do with saying sorry. I'm a born and raised New Yorker and always say sorry or excuse me because I have manners and i'm polite. I think a New Yorker has a certain attitude, like we don't take bull from anyone, are brutally honest, open-minded people. That's the most basic way that I can describe it.
Rachael has the quintessential New Yorker down pat.
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