List time! There are several very New York things I (somehow) did not realize were huge things.
Brunch. Everyone goes to brunch. Some have brunch outfits. There are famous NYC brunch locations. Almost every restaurant features a weekend brunch. Oh, and mimosas, bloody marys and other concoctions are a must.
Diners. I previously thought that diners were just those places that happened to be around for a while and are just sort of divey places that old people hang out in. Wrong. They are a thing in NYC. There are so many and everyone goes to them.
Burgers. This sort of goes along with the former since burgers are a specialty of diners, but New Yorkers love burgers. Whatttt? I have been given a list of places I MUST go to because they have the BEST burger. So far, I’ve gone one place. Bareburger. It’s okay, it’s organic.
Worlds. There’s the fashion world. The publishing world. The finance world. Must I go on? Sometimes these worlds overlap, often they are used as excuses for a person’s behavior. I guess this may be true wherever you are, but for some reason, I have noticed it more here than anywhere else I’ve lived.
Totes. There are totes EVERYWHERE. Totes on totes on totes. Totes for stores, companies, magazines and everyone uses them. Good thing I have my Women’s Athletic Association tote. I feel like I belong.
Subway Reading. So many people read books on the subway. And printed books, not electronic books. It’s pretty amazing. But maybe this is because there is no cell service in the tunnels. Absolutely none.
20-Somethings Being Poor. I recently read aloud/listened to Joan Didion’s short story about her life in New York with a friend/neighbor of mine plus friends. Just as it was then, so is it now. Young people move to New York to make something happen. We do the whole writer/performer/yuppie thing living life and trying to make something of it. I’m going to say this is a thing, because I’m living it and so are many others.