The 13 biggest misconceptions people have about New York City, from someone who was born and raised there
- New York City is one of the most well known cities in the entire world.
- I was born and raised in Manhattan, and I've heard some pretty interesting questions about the city throughout the years.
- Here are some of the most common tropes and misconceptions people have about New York - and why they're dead wrong.
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Being born and raised in New York City means that no matter where you travel to, when the question comes up about where you're from, people will be in amazement.
From Munich to Tel Aviv, I'm inevitably bombarded with a million questions. Even though New York is one of the most populous cities in the world, no one can seem to believe that someone actually grew up there.As someone who was born in the mid-1980s and grew up in the 1990s, I noticed this fascination with my city was, back in the day, oftentimes coupled with questions about safety. Around the world, New York City has a reputation of being a big, bad, dangerous city - there are countless songs and movies to that effect.
While some of that may have been true historically, the reality is that New York City is very different from how other people imagine it.
It turns out that people in the US and abroad often have the wrong idea about the Big Apple on many counts, including the local culture, the people, the food, and the cost of living. There are a ton of things that people get wrong about New York, for better and for worse.
Here's a look at the most glaring misconceptions people have about New York.