December 1, 2003

I'm SO New York

POST #    601

While some people I know like to tease me about how I'm not a New Yorker because I don't know much about NYC history, I really am! I swear! In fact, I'm a recently approved invitee of the Magic Garden, a monthly party for people that were raised in New York City - only people that were raised and schooled in NYC are invited. As a lifelong resident of this fine city, I'm one of those (schools include: The Washington Market School, P.S. 234, St. Luke's School, Stuyvesant H.S.). This of course, doesn't mean that people from outside New York can't love the city, they are just adopted New Yorkers.

The party was started by ZoŽ Schneider, a fellow U of M alum, because as everyone knows, it's hard to meet a "real" New Yorker in New York City. I've said this before about my time in Michigan (I can't find where though), but there's nothing worse than asking someone where they are from and getting the response, "New York City," but then when you ask where in New York, you get answers like, "New Jersey," or "Long Island." ZoŽ actually says the exact same thing in the NY Times article. Now, all I have to do is find a fellow New Yorker to go with me...

- NY Times: I'm a Native New Yorker, and You, Buddy, Are Not

Posted by tien mao in NYC at 12:03 AM



Did you actually know the answers to the listed questions? I'm not a native city kid, though I consider myself pretty well schooled...and educated wannabe. Some of the questions seemed failry dependent on age, no? I wasn't allowed to watch TV when Mr. Kotter was on, even in reruns, etc. Maybe I really am just an adoptee....sigh.

Posted by: corie at December 1, 2003 9:11 AM

i can't say that i knew the answers to that many of them, if any at all (i can't remember the questions off hand). i do remember thinking that a lot were dependant on age, like you said, so that may be one reason i didn't know the answers.

and i know about half the things that the password list is referring to. i think i'm too young for the other half.

Posted by: tien at December 1, 2003 9:30 AM

Alexanders! Isn't that a Queens thing? I remember passing Alexanders in the car whenever we drove to my grandmother's house.

Posted by: corie at December 1, 2003 10:15 AM

if i remember correctly, it was a department store. obviously now defunct (i love that word). it seems that it started in the bronx. some history of alexanders.

Posted by: tien at December 1, 2003 10:24 AM

Posted by: corie at December 1, 2003 10:47 AM

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