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10 Guilty Pleasures That Every New Yorker Has

By Katherine Ripley

10 Guilty Pleasures That Every New Yorker Has

Las Vegas is the metropolis that’s dubbed “Sin City” but that doesn’t mean that New Yorkers don’t have plenty to feel guilty about. Here are 10 guilty pleasure that New Yorkers just can’t resist:

 

1. Cheap junk food

[Herman Yung]
[Herman Yung]
We’re all about hot dogs from food carts and and two dollar pizza at the nearest corner pizzeria. Your arteries are crying but your taste buds are in heaven and your wallet is thanking you.

 

2. Five dollar lattes

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[tenaciousme/Flickr]
Paradoxically, one of our other guilty pleasures is splurging on a chocolate, vanilla, pumpkin or all-of-the-above latte made at your favorite anti-mainstream free trade coffee place.

 

3. Your favorite (expensive) cocktail

[My Aching Head/Flickr]
[My Aching Head/Flickr]
No matter how much it costs, you’ll always order it when you’re out with your friends, because when you’re going out in NYC you might as well splurge.

 

4. Musical theater

[Courtesy: The Imbible]
[The Imbible]
The Broadway shows and the Off-Broadway shows. We’re in the heart of it here, so we might as well enjoy it, at least once in a while as a special treat.

 

5. Ordering delivery

[Sarah Ross]
[Sarah Ross]
…when the place that you’re ordering from is only about two blocks away but you just don’t feel like putting pants on. The laziness has its grip on you, and the Chinese food is calling your name.

 

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6. Spending a day alone

[Tina Leggio/Flickr]
[Tina Leggio/Flickr]
People can be overly stimulating, especially in this city. Spending a day alone relieves you of the pressure of having to get along with friends and roommates all the time, and there is no shortage of things to do alone in this city.

 

7. People watching

[John Gillespie]
[John Gillespie]
Speaking of which, this is a great activity when you’re riding solo. Simply sitting on a bench and pretending to read a newspaper can provide you with hours of entertainment.

 

8. Subway jams

[Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times]
[Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times]
Who doesn’t look forward to our time on the subway when we put on our favorite song and play it on repeat, and don’t care who’s looking when we’re jamming out?

 

9. Uber/Lyft

[Paul J. Richards]
[Paul J. Richards]
Sometimes, you just need to. You want to feel like you’re getting chauffeured to your party like a VIP, or it’s raining and you have no umbrella and there is no way you are walking four blocks to the subway. Even if the prices are surging, you hit the order button.

 

10. Nights in

[Ginny/Flickr]
[Ginny/Flickr]
Everyone loves nights out, but nights in truly are a guilty pleasure in the city that never sleeps. A night in is when you recharge your battery, so you can get back into the pace of the city tomorrow.

 

Cover photo credit: Ron Wiecki/Flickr