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13 words that have a different meaning in New York than anywhere else

13 words that have a different meaning in New York than anywhere else

Not everything has the same meaning in New York that it does in the rest of the country. From measuring distance to terms of endearment, these words have a slightly different meaning in NYC than anywhere else.

“Long walk”
Other places: From the back of a parking lot to a store.
In New York: Four avenues and ten blocks.

“Cheap drinks”
Other places: $4 cocktails.
In New York: $9 cocktails.

“Crazy hours”
Other places: 8 hour days.
In New York: 12 hour days.

Other places: A piece of pizza.
In New York: A piece of plain cheese pizza.

Other places: The main character in a Marvel film.
In New York: A sandwich made on a small loaf of bread. 

“Pizza Connection”
Other places: A recommendation for a great pizza place.
In New York: The correlation in price between a pizza slice and subway ride.

“Cheap rent”
Other places: $800 a month.
In New York: $2000 a month. 

Other places: A classic holiday ballet popular with children.
In New York: A boozy drink with mysterious ingredients usually bought on a beach. 

Other places: A backyard barbecue.
In New York: A long stare.

Other places: A male child.
In New York: A good friend.

Other places: To bend over.
In New York: The stairs in front of an apartment building. 

Other places: Musical theater.
In New York: A street. 

“Regular Coffee”
Other places: A medium coffee.
In New York: A coffee with milk and sugar.



Anna W

Cheap rent is in the 300-600 range here, too. 800 is about average.

Anna W

8 hours is not considered crazy anywhere. Crazy is different for everyone where I'm from, but generally starts around 50 hours and up.

John S

The New York definition for Stoop is used more widely then you're letting on, writer Edward Gorey, often mistaken as hailing from the UK, uses the word stoop in the NY way in one of his limericks, and he's from Chicago. So maybe it's more of an urban term.

Lyah E

Soda in any other place is seltzer water, in New York is a carbonated drink.

Arthur A

It's "pop" in many places. Or "a coke".

Matthew K


Other places: A red building block for homes

In New York: About -10º and snowing

George the Realtor

Hey Will, the following is NOT a true story, but it could certainly be. I hope you enjoy the play on words.

I had a great time going for a long walk with a couple of friends, finally stopping at a local restaurant bar for a couple cheap drinks. I had spent crazy hours that day showing condos to a couple that didn't care where they lived as long as they were close to a place where they could get a well known and documented pizza connection (a good slice and the subway). I did one better. I found them the right place with much more than just a good pizza connection. I found them a condo a short walk (3 blocks) from the city's best hero. They were so impressed that they put an offer in immediately and asked what the going rates for rentals was in the area because their friend was looking for a spot with cheap rent. I told them while the going rate was about $4,200 a month, I did know of a guy looking for a roommate who was willing to pay cheap rent in a share. This couple immediately became friends (whom I went for that long walk with). We went exploring in the neighborhood and found a little hole in the wall that serves an amazing Nutcracker. It was a nice little place with the exception of the dude who decided to grill me the whole day before walking over and asking, "Son, don't you hang out with my boy Jules on the stoop on 125th"? I respectfully said no to which he said, "my bad." My buyers and I then decided to walk to Broadway where we picked up a cup of regular coffee at DD. 

[Realtor and Senior Managing Partner at The Rosario Shalomayev Real Estate Group with Coldwell Banker Kueber. We provide everything needed to meet your Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan real estate needs. #RosarioShalomayevGroup #glrosario]

Amanda E


Other places: A free-standing house that is split into two separate side-by-side, often mirror-image homes.

In New York: A two-story apartment home within an apartment building.