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09/20/2014 08:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

28 Telltale Signs You've Officially Become A New Yorker

New York City has been referred to many ways: as "The City that Never Sleeps," "The Big Apple" and the "concrete jungle where dreams are made." However, New Yorkers have a simpler term for it: home.

But as city that adopts hundreds of thousands of new residents each year, it's tough to pinpoint the exact moment someone becomes a real New Yorker. These signs are generally a good indication that you've shed your "newbie" badge and are officially a New York City initiate.

1. You are physically incapable of waiting on the curb for the walk sign to change.

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2. You anticipate that Google Maps will always overestimate your walk time but underestimate driving time.

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3. You know a place to drink in every NYC neighborhood, regardless of your apartment location.

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4. When getting off the subway, you can accurately direct yourself to the exit closest to your final destination.

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5. You know to avoid empty subway cars at all costs, especially at rush hour. It's not a blessing. Trust us.

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6. Saying "excuse me" on the street doesn't mean you want to be excused. It has simply become a polite way of saying "get the hell out of my way."

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7. You have perfected the eye roll for anyone who is incapable of successfully swiping their metro card on the first attempt at the turnstile.

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8. You've seen at least one cockroach, mouse and/or rat in the confines of your home, your subway station or your walk to work.

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9. The smell of the Halal/pretzel/nuts/hot dog stands that once seemed appetizing now make your stomach turn.

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10. Brunch has become both a therapy session and a religious experience.

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11. The only time you truly feel sympathy is when you see a big dog that you realize must live in a tiny apartment.

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12. When you're driving a car, you handle it like you're a drag-racing 16-year-old boy or an overly cautious 80-year-old grandmother.

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13. You've given up hope that there's ever a good time to go to Trader Joe's.

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14. You've become accustomed to perpetual cough brought on by secondhand smoke.

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15. You anticipate that a bunch of bananas will cost about three subway rides.

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16. Finding a parking spot is lucky. Owning a parking spot is a status symbol.

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17. You have no patience for three or more people walking in a row on the street -- since they block everyone from being able to pass.

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18. You're so exhausted on the weekends that having guests feels like a chore.

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19. You conclude that there is never a good enough reason to venture into Times Square.

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20. You plan an escape from the city for every single holiday.

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21. You know that trying to catch a cab between the hours of 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. will leave you stranded and hopeless.

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22. You've come to the conclusion that Chipotle is the closest thing to good Mexican food in Manhattan.

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23. Pigeons are frequently the subject of your nightmares.

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24. Your share one common enemy with your fellow New Yorkers: Time Warner Cable.

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25. You not only understand but you actively hate everything about slushy corners.

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26. You've gone out for post-work drinks the past 15 consecutive evenings, but can't remember the last time you went out over the weekend.

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27. You've discovered that food tends to taste better in your sweatpants.

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28. When you're drunk you can't think of ANYTHING but pizza.

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