FYI NYC Words and Definitions

A nice collection of NYC terms to memorize before you come visit “the city” from Buzzfeed. Below are a few of my favs.

Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 10.03.40 AM

Let me just say that I’ve been a Magnolia customer since before Carrie Bradshaw even got one of her grimy paws on one of those cupcakes and I will always defend Magnolia. Can’t we all just stop hating on some place because they’ve managed to do well for themselves, expanded into a franchise, and were featured on a hit TV show? Isn’t that everyone’s dream come true?? Get off your high horse, they’re great cupcakes, stop trying to make Crumbs work.

Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 10.03.14 AM

Houston Street is pronounced as such (HOW-ston and not Hew-ston like Texas) because it’s in fact named in honor of a one-time delegate to the Continental Congress from Georgia, William Houstoun. The street is located in what once was his father-in-law’s estate. Case closed.

Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 10.03.27 AM


A “coating” of cream cheese does not even begin to describe what schmear actually looks like on a bagel. New Yorkers drown their bagels so much in a thick layer of cream cheese it’s more like, “Hey, you want a bagel with your schmear?” instead of the other way around. I grew up so grossed out by the enormous globs of that creamy white substance that people would manage to get all over themselves during consumption (every time a person bites down on a cream cheese bagel sandwich huge gobs of it dislocate and fall in enormous globs on the plate or bag below) that I honestly didn’t eat cream cheese til I was 22, and only in a very thin layer on top so that the bread is still showing.

Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 10.15.40 AM

Literally it’s all you’ll ever need. I, however, do not fold my pizza. I just don’t.

Screen Shot 2014-01-27 at 10.15.25 AM


The bod-eg. Nuff said.

About alicestockwellegan

Language and culture enthusiast from New York living in San Francisco.
This entry was posted in Cities, Culture, English, Expressions, FYI, Just for Fun, Language, New York, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s