New York : The City Essay

1283 WordsSep 25, 20166 Pages
New York: the city that never sleeps, the Big Apple, the most lively city in America. It is home of the greatest pizza (right behind Italy) and the greatest bagels. It is home to the some of the greatest food in the world, as you can’t walk a hundred feet without seeing a different restaurant. It is home to nearly eight and a half million people, many of them world renowned names like Jay-Z, Robert De Niro, and Adam Sandler. I must admit, though, I am a little biased. This is because I come to UMass Amherst from Long Island, New York, from a town about a half hour train ride from New York City. Coming from Long Island, I am part of the very few out of state students that go to UMass Amherst. Your hometown truly defines who you are. I am used to one pound bagels, deep Brooklyn accents, and plenty of Yankee fans. I was born in Massachusetts, right outside of Boston, and moved to Long Island when I was just a toddler, so I can’t remember the Massachusetts culture. That being said, don’t worry, I am a Red Sox fan. But, on Long Island the culture is very different. The biggest difference might be our language. I’ve had countless arguments over word choice. When I first came up to UMass for New Students Orientation, I overheard someone saying ‘water bubbler’. Coming from, well, anywhere outside of Massachusetts, most people have never heard of that phrase. In fact, I didn’t know what it was until a new friend and I argued over whether it should be called ‘water bubbler’ or

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