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Old 03-21-2016, 04:58 AM
 
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I'm from Long Island but I would usually say "I'm going to Manhattan" rather than "I'm going to the city". I think Manhattan has a nice ring to it, and calling it "the city" is kinda bland in my opinion.
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Old 03-21-2016, 06:03 AM
 
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I believe I say going to Manhattan as the other boroughs are also part of New York "City".
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Old 03-21-2016, 06:08 AM
 
Location: New York City
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I refer to Manhattan as the city even though the other boros are apart of the city as well. Manhattan is just much more urban than the other boros are and it's the center of everything.
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Old 03-21-2016, 07:18 AM
 
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If I am going into Manhattan, I will say that I am going into "the city." Just habit---no real though into what sounds better.
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Old 03-21-2016, 08:27 AM
 
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I'm a born and raised Manhattan girl and I've always referred to it as the city. Once I moved to the outer boroughs (S.I. and then Queens) I had to start calling it Manhattan because the outer boroughs are also "the city" and people would look at me oddly when I referred to it as such. Apparently some folks get touchy about it.
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Old 03-21-2016, 08:36 AM
 
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I usually say Manhattan and occasionally "the city" for shorthand, depending on who I'm talking to.

Locals and long-timers know what "the city" means and I relax a bit.

For anyone else, I guess I like to make sure that they know that there's more to NYC than what's on television.
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Old 03-21-2016, 08:42 AM
 
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I usually say Manhattan and occasionally "the city" for shorthand, depending on who I'm talking to.

Locals and long-timers know what "the city" means and I relax a bit.

For anyone else, I guess I like to make sure that they know that there's more to NYC than what's on television.
That's interesting, because I was under the impression that the more local/old timer way of saying it is "Manhattan". My mother and my aunt (who are in their late 40s) were born and raised in Brooklyn and they both say "Manhattan".
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Old 03-21-2016, 08:47 AM
 
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that's interesting because I was under the impression that the more local/old timer way of saying it is "Manhattan". My mother and her sister were born and raised in Brooklyn and they both say "Manhattan".
I don't know how most old timers phrase it. I know that they know what is meant by "the city", and that they know Manhattan doesn't = all of NYC, unlike some visitors.
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Old 03-21-2016, 09:11 AM
 
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I don't know how most old timers phrase it. I know that they know what is meant by "the city", and that they know Manhattan doesn't = all of NYC, unlike some visitors.
yeah I agree
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Old 03-21-2016, 09:25 AM
 
Location: DMV Area/NYC/Honolulu
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I say I'm going to Manhattan (specifically the area/neighborhood). "The city" is too vague in my view.
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