25 SIGNS YOU GREW UP LATINO IN NEW YORK

New York, concrete jungles where dreams are made of — but to you, it was just home. It’s true, some people come here to “make it,” but you’ve always been a true New Yorker, and you’ve got the knowledge to prove it. Here are 25 signs you grew up Latino in New York City:

 

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Trick or treating meant a stop at the bodega and maybe neighbors in the building, if you were lucky.

 

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You either don’t know how to swim, drive, ride a bike, or some combination of the three.

 

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Growing up, every friend knew the words cucaracha and raton even if they didn’t speak Spanish.

 

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You’ve never been to the Thanksgiving Day Parade, but you know when the Puerto Rican Day Parade is every year.

 

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You know which neighborhoods have the best authentic Latin food – by country.

 

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You have a favorite panaderia.

 

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You have a favorite Dominican bakery – and Dominican cake filling.

 

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Love it or hate it, G&Gs is almost always an option.

 

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You can’t imagine life without Dominican hair salons.

 

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You know you don’t need to be Colombian to enjoy the Colombian Day Festival in Corona.

 

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Your favorite NYC park is probably in Washington Heights or Queens. (Shout out to Fort Tryon and Flushing Meadows!)

 

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You don’t need a pool in the summer because you’ve got fire hydrants.

 

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You have probably never been to Staten Island.

 

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Coronas and a rooftop are all you need to celebrate 4th of July.

 

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The Nuyorican [Poets Café] was one of your first date spots as an adult.

 

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The fact that an Indian and Latino restaurant exists is not surprising to you.

 

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You have friends from almost every ethnic background, and the fact that not everybody does still confuses you.

 

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Any time you leave town, you’re frustrated when you can’t get food at 4 a.m.

 

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You know at least one girl who managed to have a Quinceanera and Sweet 16.

 

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You have probably never been to any state “somewhere in the middle.”

 

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Your 16th birthday present was not a car.

 

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Your dating experience was nothing like those shows on the WB, Nickelodeon, or TGIF.

 

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Unlike other New Yorkers, you actually have been to almost every tourist spot thanks to annual visits from your relatives.

 

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If you’re ever in a car accident, you know to call 1-800-CANTASO.

 

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You know the workers at your bodega better than you know some of your relatives.

 

From Latina.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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