"Hey, I'm walkin' here!" may soon be a phrase of the past. According to recent NPR report, iconic New York accents may be on their way to extinction, due to all the "well-to-do" out-of-towners moving into the city, who tend to sound pretty much the same (and obviously not very New York). But the city's unique culture doesn't have to be lost forever. There are ways to uphold the richness that drew so many of us here in the first place, like supporting some of the oldest staples in each borough, which have been holding it down since before Tribeca was a thing. And the bonus is: those are also the spots where the New York accent is alive and well. Want a dose of that thick, gruff, familiar twang? Try these five spots:
The 76-year-old Italian eatery L & B Spumoni Gardens in Gravesend, Brooklyn is known for two things: its candy-sweet tomato sauce and the fact that patrons who frequent this spot have some of the deepest Brooklyn accents around.
You don't have to be an old school New Yorker to appreciate The Punchbowl's rusty charm. The Kingsbridge watering hole was built in 1901, and after making it through the prohibition as a speakeasy, survives today as a true dive bar.
Baked goods are awesome, always. Rudy's Bakery and Café in Ridgewood, Queens has survived the test of time by making that abundantly clear.
New York's oldest dim sum place, Nom Wah Tea Parlor, has lasted this long in Chinatown for a reason. The reasonable prices, art deco feel and (obviously) delicious Chinese cuisine makes this a restaurant worth trying.
Of the five boroughs, Staten Island has arguably maintained the most of its character throughout the city's history. Carol's Cafe is a prime example of how the area keeps its culture going in a modern way.