I lived most of my life in New York. I was born in Texas, but only lived there till I was 15 months. So, I Identify myself as a New Yorker. Ironically, I don’t have a New York accent. Neither do my brothers. It’s probably because my mom grew up in Massachusetts, so my siblings and I have her accent.
Anyway, there is so much I’m used to in New York that doesn’t really exist outside the state. Check out these unique things that pretty much is only in New York, or maybe nearby states.
1: President’s Week in February
This exists in New England and New York. However, the rest of the country only does President’s Day off and not a long week of vacation.
2: Family-Owned Pizzerias
There may be other parts of the country where these exist, but they’re pretty typical for New York.
3: Delis with sandwiches and other types of food.
I discovered years ago that delis outside New York usually meant just cold cuts.
Some diners exist in states near New York, such as Silver Diner in Virginia. But according to my mom, diners are more of a New York thing.
5: Children’s milestones being celebrated as banquets
These might be a little popular in some other major cities, such as Chicago, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles (I’ve seen hall websites that list them). But in many parts of the country outside New York, big-deal bar and bat mitzvahs and sweet 16s are not a thing. People usually only use halls for weddings, maybe birthdays and anniversaries. But in places like Ohio, Oregon, and Seattle, the biggest way to celebrate kids’ milestones would be a low-key backyard party. Kids and adults in those areas who know that children’s milestones are celebrated like weddings in the New York City area probably consider that an oddity.
6: Light coffee meaning with cream and sugar
I discovered this while on a weekend trip to Chicago years ago. I asked for my coffee light, and the person behind the counter said that they only had medium roast. I explained that I meant to ask for cream and sugar. Then my mom told me that light coffee meaning cream and sugar was only a thing in New York. Even in New Jersey, light coffee means light roast.
So, if you ever visit or move into New York, keep these cultural aspects in mind.