05/12/2014 08:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

32 Signs You'll Always Be A Tourist In New York -- No Matter How Long You've Lived There

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You're a certified resident of the Big Apple: You've pointed a stranger to the correct subway, you and the guys behind the deli counter share a couple of inside jokes and you hardly bat an eye when the lady on the corner offers you a cat in exchange for your laptop. Ah, New York!

And still, you've yet to be jaded by the whimsical, exceptional, spectacular New Yorky things that make New York all that it is. Even though you live here, there's a tourist inside of you -- deep within your core -- that will always be mesmerized by the great, big city. You're really still a tourist if...

Your heart starts racing a little when you see someone famous on the street (not that you would ever let it show).

Especially when the celeb is playing her part to a T.

You're willing to wait in line for a trendy breakfast pastry.

Starbucks is still your go-to spot for a wake-up drink.

You snap a photo every time you see this special lady.

The green one, that is.

You consider "hot dogs from a cart" a legitimate food group.

When the trains are down, you're most definitely jumping in a cab. Bus? Never heard of it.
hailing cab new york

You still get a little weak when you see a rat in the subway

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These guys still catch you off-guard.
elmo times square

You own over a dozen $5.00 umbrellas, but find yourself consistently unarmed when a downpour strikes.
umbrella new york
Pro tip: always carry an umbrella; invest in a sturdy one.

It is your dream to say "yes" to the dress.

You've yet to locate that perfect, nearby bodega that stocks everything from silly string to string cheese (you never know), so you default to Walgreens.

You are still Nuts 4 Nuts. The aroma alone drives you to reach for your wallet.
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Photo: Yelp/Emmie N.

When you're craving something sweet, you struggle to imagine anything more perfect than a delicate saccharine something from Magnolia.

You still think you'll remember to use the grocery cart you bought when you moved here the next time you go food shopping.
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You find yourself deliberating between street meat and a hot pretzel ... until you get both.
new york city pretzel

No matter what kind of rush you're in, you'll always stop to be entertained by a pop-up show in the park.

You still get a kick out of passing Carrie Bradshaw's stoop.

... and George and Jerry's favorite lunch spot.
toms diner

Oh, and where Cliff, Claire, Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy Huxtable turned their house into a home.

And sometimes, you even pretend Rachel and Monica invited you over for popcorn.
friends apt

You visit this Lower East Side spot for orgasmic reenactments over orgasmic pastrami sandwiches.

You're willing to layer in every coat you own for a chance to skate at Rockefeller Center at Christmastime.
rockefeller ice skating christmas

You sprint to Central Park the moment the sun peeks its little rays through the clouds.

Because you still can't believe a sight this magnificent exists betwixt the concrete jungle.

You still gasp in awe when you spot the skyline when running the Williamsburg bridge for the millionth time.

You can't wait to catch sight of the Empire State Building's colors tonight.
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For you, virtually every architectural curve of the city is worthy of documentation.

And the sunset fills your camera roll too, because it's beautiful every time.

Without a doubt.

Try as you might, you can't help yourself. You'll always see New York with the same delighted, earnest zest you did when you first moved in.



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