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14 things all New Yorkers are excited to buy

By Dana Varinsky
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There are some things that only people living in NYC would ever be excited to buy. (MetroCards definitely didn't make the cut.)

1. Small rolling carts. What may sit unused in a car trunk for years somewhere else is a life-changing grocery shopping accessory here. You’re welcome, arms.

2. Plants that fit in windows. Even though that fire escape herb garden is going to die in a week and that hanging plant won’t last a month, for now your apartment is basically the Botanical Garden. 

3. Practical footwear. Sensible shoes are the wind beneath every New Yorker’s wings. 

4. Over-the-door organizers. A tiny apartment is no excuse to not organize your shoes by type and color.

5. A Citi Bike Membership. Here’s $150. Can I start occasionally sharing bikes with strangers yet?

7. A $25 burger. How else are we going to find out if Salvation Burger is worth the hype.

8. Avocado Toast. It's a well-documented fact.

9. A portable washing machine. Okay, so it can’t hold many clothes, but it totally beats bringing your delicates to the laundromat.

10. Picklebacks. For some reason, no other state has realized the glory that is chasing whiskey with pickle juice. Their loss.

11. New air-conditioner window units. Whether you spent last summer sweltering in an apartment without A/C, or your old unit has ceased to do anything but drip and wheeze, there are few things more satisfying than that first blast of cool, cool air on a hot day.

12. Late-night pizza slices. Sure, you might regret it in the morning, but you needed that dollar slice after singing karaoke until 3am, and it tasted warm and gooey and perfect.

13. Zip cars or car 2 go. Why bother with alternate side parking when you can just reserve a car and take it whenever you want, without any of the hassle? 

14. Museum and cultural memberships. It may sound a little hoity-toity to boast about your membership to BAM, MoMA or the New York City Ballet, but those can save true fans of dance, art or film a LOT of money. (Unless we get them for free, that is.)

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