"NY-isms" Driving & Parking Tip by virtualpatrick

Driving & Parking, New York City: 10 reviews and 15 photos

For people travelling to NYC for the 1st time, it seems like people are talking another language. Here are unique sayings or phrases usually seen or heard from New Yorkers - NY-isms:

Fug-ge-da-bo-dit = forget about it; usually in reply to someone who has no hope of getting what the person wanted.

Yo = could mean "hey", "watch it", "glad to meet you"

Grab a slice = get and eat a slice of pizza

Shmear = usually refers to a smeared dollop of cream cheese on a bagel

Over there = several meanings:
1) a general direction indicated by locals since they a) don't exactly know where the location is, or b) they don't have time for you.
2) Oh, your from over there (indicating New Jersey) :-(

Don't Block the Box = when driving through an intersection make sure there's room to completely cross it. Police can fine you for blocking the intersection.

Gridlock = traffic that's not moving usually as a result of people blocking the box.

Alternate Side Parking = rules telling people which side of the street to park for that day/hours.

No Radio = a sign sometimes put by people to indicate to would be thieves that there is no radio in the car.

Can't Afford Not To Buy = you just have to buy it since it's too good of a deal

The island = Long Island

Uptown = anything above 14th street in Manhattan

Upstate = any part of New York that's not Manhattan

Bridge & Tunnel People = refers to people coming into New York City usually people from New Jersey

Bloomie's = no this does not refer to one's underwear; it refers to the Bloomingdale's department store

Lotto fever = an addictive trance-like disease where many people feel compelled to stand in a very long line, sometimes hours, in hopes of getting the winning ticket to a lottery (worth millions - 2 or more digits)

2-fer = 2 tickets for the price of 1

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  • Written Feb 3, 2003
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