People have mistaken me for a long life New Yorker since the day my dad dropped me off at NYU 10 years ago. There are people in the city we refer to as b&t because they have to cross a bridge or tunnel to get into Manhattan. There are other people who move here for a year or two for a specific reason but leave because they just don't belong here. I call them tourists. All of these people are easily identifiable:
You're not really a New Yorker if . . .
10. You pronounce Houston Street like "Hew"ston rather than "How"ston
9. You hang out in Times Square for any reason other than to go see a Broadway show.
8. You amble rather than walk with speed and purpose.
7. You don't understand the difference between streets and avenues.
6. You still believe that Steve Madden, Aldo, and/or Nine West make decent shoes.
5. You drive
4. You eat at Applebee's, Ruby Tuesday's, or Red Lobster. Gross.
3. Crowd around street/subway performers who are 90% hype
2. You go to any nightclub in Chelsea or Times Square on a Friday or Saturday night.
1. You can't make proper distinctions between the East Village, the Lower East Side, Soho, and Nolita etc.