This first entry is based on the differences between my first few weeks in the city and the acclamations that quickly took place.

You know you’re new to New York when…

1. You grimace and suppress a scream when you see a rat in the subway.

2. You actually pay attention to the walk signals and stop when the red hand starts blinking.

3. You think the red and green globes outside the subway station are leftover decorations from Christmas.

4. You do a double take when you see a delivery person on a scooter.

5. You think a 24 hour Duane Reade (even on the weekdays!) is the coolest thing ever ’cause you can buy beer at 3 a.m.

6. You grimace when you write a rent check for $900.

7. You go to Times Square, shop at Macy’s, and go to Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas tree.

8. You mistake a cockroach for a small cat, scream like a little girl when you realize what it is, and run away, allowing it to continue sharing your apartment with you.

9. You spend $8 a day on coffee and breakfast at Starbucks.

10. You think Express trains just go faster than the other ones.

You know you’ve lived in the city a few months when…

1. You play the “how many rats can I spot” game while waiting for your train.

2. You cross the street no matter what the walk sign says and know that people on bikes are far more dangerous than any car.

3. You know that entering red globed subway stations won’t get you anywhere.

4. You’ve seen a delivery person on bike, scooter, rollerblades, and horse. (Ok, I’ve yet to see the latter, but I’m sure he’s out there).

5. You realize that you work 40 hours a week and have little need to buy beer at 3 a.m. on a weekday.

6. You shout “Woohoo!” when you write your $900 rent check and wonder how you scored such a steal.

7. You avoid all tourist attractions like the plague.

8. You see a cockroach, stomp the shit out of it, then check all of your roach motels to find out why the hell they’re not working.

9. You realize that you can buy a decent cup of coffee and bagel from the guy on the corner of the street for $1.50.

10. After once winding up 25 blocks north of your apartment, you realize the local train is really more your style.

Posted by cher on Friday, June 1st, 2007 at 2:23 pm.

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Only visited NYC once, but I can dig your list.
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