15 ways to tell a real New Yorker from a poser

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By Teri Karush Rogers  |
March 30, 2011 - 1:52PM

At 462 comments so far, "You know you're a real New Yorker (and not a poser) when..." is one of the longest, head-nodding threads we've ever seen on  If you haven't looked in a mirror lately, now's your chance:

You know you're a real New Yorker when....

  1. You don't think living on the 48th floor with floor to ceiling windows in a brand new condo with a gym, playroom, screening room and party room is the utmost in life.
  2. People can say, with a straight face, that they're a "preschool consultant," or that they do "nanny surveillance" or "closet organization".
  3. When "the park" means Central Park and "the city" means New York City, wherever in the world you happen to be.
  4. You drink "regular" coffee, consider "don't walk" signs a polite suggestion, and smirk when the tourists look for "Fashion Avenue" and "Avenue of the Americas".
  5. You were here for 9/11, the black out, and the transit strike. And didn't miss work.
  6. You talk so fast that the guy at the drive-in Burger King window in Florida can't understand you.
  7. You know the difference between Zabar's lox and Fairway lox. 
  8.  You say "order in" not "order out" 
  9. Your 10 year-old makes a face when her suburban cousins tell her they are having dinner at Olive Garden. 
  10. You jaywalk right in front of a cop.
  11. You say you're a "Met fan" not a "Mets fan"
  12. You can see a coffin with a body in it and a giant inflatable rat on the same block and not lose track of the text message you were writing while walking
  13. You go in the side entrance at the Met.
  14. You always wear shoes you can walk in (regardless of heel height) 
  15. It never crosses your mind to pick someone up at the airport. 


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Founder and publisher Teri Karush Rogers launched Brick Underground in 2009. As a freelance journalist, she had previously covered New York City real estate for The New York Times. Teri has been featured as an expert on New York City residential real estate by The New York Times, New York Daily News, amNew York, NBC Nightly News, The Real Deal, Business Insider, the Huffington Post, and NY1 News, among others. Teri earned a BA in journalism and a law degree from New York University.

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