21 Signs You’re Just Not Meant To Be A New Yorker

Katherine Ripley Katherine Ripley

21 Signs You’re Just Not Meant To Be A New Yorker


So you’ve been in New York for a few months, and you’re still struggling to adjust. Here are some signs that it may be time to cut your losses and move on to another city. Or, signs that you shouldn’t even bother moving to New York in the first place, if you were considering it:


1. You always obey crosswalk signals

2. You get startled every time a driver honks at you

3. You always walk in the wrong direction when you get off the subway

4. You don’t like stairs

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[The Real Deal]
5. You’re not good at budgeting

6. You keep ordering things online and expecting them to make it to your apartment

7. The sound of sirens still keeps you awake at night

8. You’re afraid of crowds

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[Global Jet]
9. You still don’t know what DUMBO stands for

10. You still don’t know what Tribeca stands for

11. You didn’t even know Tribeca was an acronym

12. You need at least 7 hours of sleep to function

sleeping on keyboard

13. You can’t quite master the resting bitch face

14. You can’t bear to be rude to anyone ever

15. You’re never quick enough to grab that open subway seat

16. You’re still trying to wear stiletto heels to work

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[Diego Cervo/Shutterstock]
17. You think a dishwasher is a necessary appliance

18. You don’t know how to install a window air conditioning unit

19. You don’t like walking

20. You’re a germaphobe

21. You’re claustrophobic

crowded subway


Cover photo credit: Michael Scheinost/Flickr


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