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  •  I live in the borough f Queen Catherine (3+ / 0-)
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    of Braganza, so bite sue me.

    Which if you did would mean that, yes, I am in a court proceeding.

    And by your uid you appear to live in the borough of King Charles II, the husband of Queen Catherine of Braganza, so bite sue me.

    Which if you did would mean that, yes, you too are a court proceeding.

    And, having grown up in Braganza and gone to high school in Manhattan, making me pure bridge and tunnel (but not New Jersey bridge and tunnel which is worse than disease, let alone Staten Island bridge and tunnel which you might as well not even bother and just stay home with your cousin Vinnie Goobatz), to me "The City" ALWAYS meant Manhattan, including Harlem, but not north of Harlem, which was basically the Bronx plus continental drift (which near Highbridge is actually sort of kind of true, and wtf is up with Riverdale, physically being in the Bronx, being legally part of Manhattan?).

    And it's not quite true that people from Queens say that they're from their particular part of Queens. Forest Hills, Corona and Flushing might be world famous, but how many people living more than 30 miles from Queens have heard of Ozone Park, Maspeth or Rego Park? Yeah, I know, it's complicated. How many people who don't live in or haven't been to London have heard of Mayfair or know how to pronounce or even spell Marylebone? I know that I don't, and I've been there. When people ask where I live, I say Queens, NY, like in the TV shows, only with cultchah. And no, I've never seen alligators in the sewers, but plenty of subway rats, two and four-legged.

    Just like not everyone from SF literally lives in that iconic block with the pretty pastel townhouses (you know which one I mean), and not everyone from Miami lives in South Beach and walks around in a g-string, not everyone who lives in New York City lives in "The City" or has the same cultural perspective or view of what the different parts of the city mean or even are.

    And sorry, locals don't hang out in Times Square, which is not New York City even though it's in New York City. You want New York City? Go to the West 4th St. courts across from the Waverly, or the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 07:23:24 PM PDT

    •  I've heard of Ozone Park (0+ / 0-)

      Always wondered how it got that name ...

      The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

      by raboof on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 04:54:11 AM PDT

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