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Somewhere between Sex and the City 2 and the fourth season of Gossip Girl, you’ve decided that New York is overdone. And if you’ve decided that, then you don’t know New York. The thing is, no one can glamorize an hour’s walk in Brooklyn and turn it into a TV show. Not when that walk takes you through multiple neighbourhoods with their own myriad languages and restaurants. No one can make a postcard out of an afternoon in the East Village. How could you capture in a single frame the break dancers in the park along with the teeming tapas bar down a secret alley? At the end of the day, New York defies definition by any of its various and many parts. And when you learn that, when you realize that New York isn’t a music video with a homogenous soundtrack, then you’re on your way to becoming an insider.

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Complain about gentrification in every neighborhood, even if you are walking past a housing project deep in East Brooklyn.
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Don’t take a photo with the Wall Street bronze bull, especially if you think it’d be funny to stroke its balls.
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