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51 reasons you know you’re a real New Yorker

If you’ve experienced at least 20 of the following, you’re well on your way to having that coveted “real New Yorker” credibility

1. You've never, ever been to the Statue of Liberty.

2. You think a reasonable price for either a movie ticket or a decent cocktail is, like, $14.

3. You can walk, eat, talk on the phone and hail a cab, all at the same time.

4. You jaywalk (and would never consider not jaywalking).

5. You're instantly skeptical of/annoyed by any hybrid food creation, no matter how delicious it sounds.

6. …and yet, you've walked 30 blocks in heels, in the rain, just to wait on a two-hour line for said annoying hybrid food creation.

7. You say you're waiting "on line" instead of "in line."

8. The most expensive thing you've ever paid for is the broker's fee on an apartment you'll live in for less than a year.

9. You've delayed breaking up with someone you're not in love with anymore because they have (a) a really amazing view, (b) a super-adorable puppy or (c) an actual bedframe.

10. You consider Pat Kiernan to be a good friend.

11. You pretend your neighborhood is "edgy" even though for the past few years, it's been so gentrified your parents are talking about moving in down the block.

12. You don't avoid eye contact with panhandlers.

13. You've returned to neighborhoods where you lived years ago and have at least five stories along the lines of "I remember when that Starbucks/Citibank/Duane Reade used to be a dive bar/credit union/Burger King."

14. You consider iconic NYC foods (Juniors cheesecake, John's pizza, Shake Shack burgers, etc.) to be "overrated" but are still weirdly proud that they started here.

15. You've walked down a street lined with restaurants while vehemently complaining that there's "nothing to eat."

16. Finding a film crew in neighborhood has long since stopped being exciting and is now just an annoyance (unless you can sneak a croissant off the Law & Order: SVU craft-services table).

17. You feel scared or uneasy when you go somewhere remote and rural.

18. When walking through the city, you adopt a zigzagging route to avoid waiting for the lights to change to cross the street.

19. You've seen at least one person take a dump in the street (usually while on your way to work).

20. You can spot tourists from over a mile away, even when they're trying really hard to look like New Yorkers.

21. You've never been on a sightseeing bus.

22. You are an expert at "platforming": knowing where on the train platform you need to stand to best get to your exit/transfer.

23. Corollary: You walk to the exact point you know the doors are going to open, also known as pre-boarding.

24. You know "It's showtime!" can be one of the most annoying/terrifying things that can possibly be yelled at you.

25. You've done your grocery shopping at the bodega on the corner (or at CVS).

26. You've pretended to be asleep in your seat on a crowded train when someone gets on that probably needs the seat more than you.

27. All of your "Tupperware" is made up of plastic delivery containers.

28. You prefer mice over roaches. The lesser evil…

29. Your closet is mostly full of black.

30. You've been to more bodega and sidewalk ATMs than the bank. The bank is TOO FAR.

31. You associate summer with the smell of hot pee.

32. When tourists ask you for directions, even if you don't know, you'll still point them in a random direction rather than admit you don't know.

33. You make the cabbie take your shorter, faster way (even if, in reality, it is neither shorter nor faster).

34. You've owned eight umbrellas in the past month.

35. You keep several sets of headphones stashed in various places (gym, apartment, work, multiple bags).

36. Every time you accidentally wander into Times Square, you back away in horror as though confronted with the devil itself.

37. The number 100 gets shortened to "a'hun" when referring to uptown blocks, e.g., "a'hun-81st Street."

38. You call fire hydrants "pumps."

39. You are unfazed by the combined experience of observing a gorgeous summer dress while inhaling the smell of rancid garbage.

40. You've fallen asleep standing up on the train.

41. When you have nowhere to be, you're still in a rush to get there.

42. You pronounce it "draw," not "drawer."

43. You avoid the ten square blocks around the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree like the goddamn plague.

44. You knew there was no way in hell Monica and Rachel could have afforded that apartment in the West Village (even before they snuck in the fact that it was rent-controlled).

45. You have hit a cab, bus or car with your umbrella when it has blocked the crosswalk. (You may have even said, "I'm walkin' here!"

46. "Hey, let me get a…" is a perfectly nice way to greet the person taking your order.

47. The New Year's Eve ball drop is best viewed from your television.

48. You do look up at tall buildings—but only if it's the latest starchitect-designed tower.

49. You know exactly which direction is where, no matter where you are (e.g., "I'll meet you on the northwest corner of 53rd Street".

50. You see a scraggly tree in a patch of dirt on a concrete median and think, "Look at that nice little park!"

51. You know that dollar pizza is like sex: Even when it's bad, it's still pretty good.

* As a native New Yorker, I have to say this is all true of me*

Allen West is proud of the Confederate flag

Allen West Likens Confederate Flag Opposition to ISIS

by Evan McMurry | 11:23 am, June 30th, 2015

Former congressman Allen West (R-FL) told a conservative radio show last week that the “left’s” attempt to literally bring down the Confederate battle flag was consonant with ISIS’ wholesale destruction of Syria and Iraq’s cultural artifacts.

“There is a seeming collusion between liberal progressive socialists and Islamofascists,” West said on “Sandy Rios in the Morning.”

“The Taliban destroyed the shrines and the statues of Bamyan provinces; ISIS has gone around destroying the artifacts there and religious shrines and memorials in Mosul and also Palmyra; and now we have the left in the United States of America defacing memorials and part of our history.”

“So there’s a very interesting, I don’t want to say commonality, but it is something to be said about how these individuals want to erase history,” he concluded.



Allen West: Confederate Flag Debate ‘Manufactured Crisis’ to Distract from Chicago Violence

by Evan McMurry | 8:09 am, June 29th, 2015

Former congressman Allen West told Fox & Friends Monday morning that the debate over the Confederate flag that has erupted since Dylann Roof killed nine people in a Charleston church two weeks ago was an artificial controversy drummed up by liberals to distract from black-on-black violence.

West quoted Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s maxim “never let a good crisis go to waste.”

“This is what you see the liberal progressive left doing: taking something and making it a manufactured political crisis to keep people distracted from what is really going on,” West said, though what the liberal progressive right is up to remains a shadowy mystery. “The death of the nine people in Charleston was horrific, but let’s talk about the deaths of all the young men killed in Chicago.”

“We’ve gone from 77% of two-parent households in the black community to 25%,” he added. “That’s what we should be talking about, not about a piece of cloth.”

Rumors that a racially-motivated shooting inside a church, one symbolically endorsed by the state-sanctioned flag in question, is different from urban crime went unconfirmed at press time.


How's that hope and change working for you now Rethugs.

Huckabee said a while back...

that if same sex marriage is passed in his state he would leave his state. Well now it's federal law and I guess he's going to leave the country

Wow, ACA and gay marriage all in one week....I hear tears of Rethugs.


Real horror story...

Lawsuit: 'Bring me young blood,' stalker told Westfield home buyers

By Tom Haydon | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com June 19, 2015


The first frightening letter came three days after the couple purchased the township home in June 2014 for $1.3 million, a "dream" house for themselves and their children.

"Why are you here? I will find out," read part of the letter, that was mysteriously sent by somebody identifying himself as "The Watcher."

"My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s. It is now my time," the letter states, according to a lawsuit the couple filed in Superior Court in Elizabeth earlier this month.

The letters continued, becoming increasingly disturbing, according to the suit in which the couple says the prior owners were aware of "The Watcher." Just days before the closing, on May 24, 2014, the previous homeowners received a letter from him, but never disclosed that information, according to the suit.

So distressing were the messages that the new owners never moved into their dream home and are now trying to sell it without success because potential buyers are scared off after hearing of the messages, the suit states.

The couple is suing the prior owners, claiming they deliberately withheld knowledge of "The Watcher" over fears of losing the house sale. The couple is also suing the Chicago Title Insurance Company, and "The Watcher," though no real name or address is mentioned for him.

According to the court papers, "The Watcher" claims the right of possession, or ownership, or control of the house. In the letters, he refers to the prior owners by name and identifies the house by street address. The names of the current and the previous owners are being withheld by NJ Advance Media, along with the address of the house, for safety reasons.

"I am The Watcher and have been in control of (the house) for the better part of two decades now," one letter is quoted as saying.

Jack Feinstein, a lawyer and director of the Rutgers Civil Justice Clinic at Rutgers Law School in Newark, said the sellers are required to disclose latent defects in the house, that involves such issues and termite infestation. This kind of claim, about a possible stalker, is something completely different, said Feinstein who has 40 years of experience in real estate law.

"I've never seen this kind of allegation," He said of the claims in the lawsuit.

To make a case, the plaintiff would have to show how long the prior owners had known about the letters, and whether the messages appeared to be credible and could be taken as a serious threat, Feinstein said.

Charles Sullivan, a law professor at Seton Hall Law School, said some states have laws requiring the disclosure of tragic incidents that occurred in a house such as murders.
"There's a duty on the part of the seller to disclose to the buyer any defect that would impact the marketability of a property," Sullivan said about laws in those other states.

But New Jersey does not have such laws, he said. "There probably would not be a duty to disclose this," Sullivan said referring to the letters in the Westfield case.

The first letter by "The Watcher" was received June 5, 2014, three days after the closing, included the statement "Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested? Once I know their names I will call to them and draw them to me. I asked the (prior owners) to bring me young blood."

The letter writer recalls when he "ran from room to room imagining the life with the rich occupants there."

"And now I watch and wait for the day when they (sp) young blood will be mine again," one letter read.

A subsequent letter received June 18, 2014, contained references of what might be in the house and veiled threats.

"Have they found what is in the walls yet? In time they will. I am pleased to know your names and the names now of the young blood you have brought to me," the letter reads.

"Will the young bloods play in the basement. Who has the rooms facing the street? I'll know as soon as you move in. It will help me to know who is in which bedroom then I can plan better," it says.

"All the windows and door in (the house) allow me to watch you and track you as you move through the house," it continues.

"I am in charge of (the house)."

Lee Levitt, the Parsippany attorney who filed the lawsuit for the current owners, did not return calls seeking a comment.

How many think after Obamas press conference...

That Fox news will say Obama made this racial and making this political about gun laws?
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