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:
Trick or treating meant a stop at the bodega and maybe neighbors in the building, if you were lucky.
You either don’t know how to swim, drive, ride a bike, or some combination of the three.
Growing up, every friend knew the words cucaracha and raton even if they didn’t speak Spanish.
You’ve never been to the Thanksgiving Day Parade, but you know when the Puerto Rican Day Parade is every year.
You know which neighborhoods have the best authentic Latin food – by country.
You have a favorite panaderia.
You have a favorite Dominican bakery – and Dominican cake filling.
Love it or hate it, G&Gs is almost always an option.
You can’t imagine life without Dominican hair salons.
You know you don’t need to be Colombian to enjoy the Colombian Day Festival in Corona.
Your favorite NYC park is probably in Washington Heights or Queens. (Shout out to Fort Tryon and Flushing Meadows!)
You don’t need a pool in the summer because you’ve got fire hydrants.
You have probably never been to Staten Island.
Coronas and a rooftop are all you need to celebrate 4th of July.
The Nuyorican [Poets Café] was one of your first date spots as an adult.
The fact that an Indian and Latino restaurant exists is not surprising to you.
You have friends from almost every ethnic background, and the fact that not everybody does still confuses you.
Any time you leave town, you’re frustrated when you can’t get food at 4 a.m.
You know at least one girl who managed to have a Quinceanera and Sweet 16.
You have probably never been to any state “somewhere in the middle.”
Your 16th birthday present was not a car.
Your dating experience was nothing like those shows on the WB, Nickelodeon, or TGIF.
Unlike other New Yorkers, you actually have been to almost every tourist spot thanks to annual visits from your relatives.
If you’re ever in a car accident, you know to call 1-800-CANTASO.
You know the workers at your bodega better than you know some of your relatives.