What makes you a true New Yorker?
We asked notable city dwellers to share their recommendations and advice.
Wed Mar 28 2012
Photograph: Virginia Sherwood
Chris Hayes, host of Up with Chris Hayes and editor-at-large of The Nation
“Drunkenly end a night at Gray’s Papaya (2090 Broadway at 72nd St; 212-799-0243) or Papaya King (179 E 86th St at Third Ave; 212-369-0648, papayaking.com). Buy two very cheap, very unhealthy and very delicious hot dogs, and devour them. When you start to leave, you may find yourself back in line for one (or two!) more. I’ve never done this, of course, as you can tell from the detailed nature of my response.”
“A true New Yorker takes great, great pride in never being hit with the ‘Please swipe again at this turnstile’ message [in the subway], and can’t but feel just a little bit of bile rising in his or her throat when stuck behind someone who does get such a message.”
“I was born at Albert Einstein [College of Medicine] hospital in the Bronx, grew up in the borough, went to high school in Manhattan and my parents still live in the Bronx, so it’s fair to say I’ve felt like a New Yorker for about as long as I’ve been sentient. That said, I do have early childhood memories of going to watch the Fourth of July Fireworks down at South Street Seaport, sitting on my father’s shoulders and being simply awestruck by the crowds of people: So. Many. Humans. You still get those moments from time to time, no matter how long you’ve lived here.”