1. People In Upstate New York Think They’re Way Better Than New York City

New York State Stereotypes
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Upstaters really want you to stop calling New York City “New York.” Because it’s not New York, not even a little bit. But I’ll get to that later. Everywhere else outside of NYC (so basically 98 percent of the state of New York) is considered Upstate, and they know their culture – from their food to their great outdoors to their sports teams - are all better than the culture of NYC which nothing but a gridlocked mess of smog, trash, rude people, show offs, and some of the worst drivers in the world. Although the high majority of Upstaters share the common culture of life in New York State, each region has their own traits and quirks that are unique to them—and really make them better than New York City.

2. And Everyone In New York City Knows They’re Better Than The Rest Of The World

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There’s an old joke that goes “NYC: World’s 14th biggest city; world’s biggest ego.” No truer truth was ever spoken. The people in New York City have a massive superiority complex. But is it so hard to understand why? Without New York City, we would never know a world where Dick Clark counted down to midnight with us on New Year’s Eve as the ball dropped in Time Square. Without NYC Tom Hanks wouldn’t have played Heart & Soul with his feet on the floor piano in FAO Schwartz. And we’d never know the unmistakable phrase “Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!” And, sorry Chicago, but King Kong climbing the Sears Tower just doesn’t resonate the same. So, yeah, the people in New York City are a little arrogant. But they’ll tell you they’ve earned the right.

3. They’ll All Bite Your Head Off Over Their Imaginary Borders

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Now, before the Upstaters and city rats pull out their pitchforks, I’ll add that the imaginary line of what separates them from NYC is hotly debated. The closer you are to it, the less inclined real Upstaters are to welcome you in their club. Meanwhile, if you live in Westchester and say you’re from New York City to someone who is actually from New York City, you will be banned from the City for life. Because only the people who live in and survive New York City get the privilege to say that they live in New York City. At least according to New York City residents, anyway. But the opinions on where borders start and end run hot, even though they’re 100 percent imaginary. If you move to New York, the only way to avoid confrontation on this issue is to wait until someone tells you where you’re from and then just go with it.

4. New Yorkers Are Geniuses When It Comes To Creating New Foods

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New York is full of food that they do better than everywhere else. Forget the pizza for a minute. Well, don’t forget it completely, because the pizza really is sublime. But everybody knows about New York style pizza which is available everywhere, but mainly in the city (although every Upstater reading that is fuming right now). Simmer down, Upstaters, because the heart of true New York style cuisine comes from you! Upstate has, hands down, the best tomato pie in the country. Then you’ve got salt potatoes, Chicken Riggies, Spiedies, Hoffman Hotdogs, Utica greens, half moons, conies, white hots, Beef on Weck. America can thank Buffalo for everyone’s favorite Super Bowl food. And the much beloved Dinosaur BBQ brings pulled pork and smoked ribs to northerners arguably even better than they do it in the south.

5. Everyone In New York Will Go Off On You At The Drop Of A Hat

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New Yorkers have a long standing reputation of being rude. But they’re not. They’re just… extremely opinionated… about everything. If you don’t believe me, here’s an experiment to try. Next time you run into someone from New York and feel like getting into a fight, say: …That you prefer Starbucks to Dunkin. …That your state made national news for getting 6 inches of snow. …You prefer to shop somewhere other than Wegmans. ...That their favorite bar is flooded with SUNY kids. …For lunch you ate “Buffalo wings.” …Ask if someone has ever had the nerve to move the garbage can out of the parking space they dug out to park there. Do all of the above at your own risk. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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6. Everyone in New York Judges You Based On Where You Went To School

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New York has one of the most comprehensive systems of universities, colleges, and community colleges in the State University Of New York. Almost everyone attends or has attended at least one of the 64 campuses at one point or another which are located all across the state. But which one you call your alma mater will make or break you. Here it is broken down: Purchase is for the hipsters, Geneseo is for the smart kids, Stony Brook is for the smart kids who don’t want to move away from home, Cortland is for the class clowns who like to party, New Paltz and Albany are for the beer pong playing party animals, and you probably want to avoid Old Westbury if you don’t want others to sneer at you. So, do your research and pick your school accordingly, unless you want to mistakingly be labeled for the rest of your life.

7. … And Also By The Type Of Jacket You’re Wearing

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The long-running Upstate joke is that New York’s four seasons are almost winter, winter, still winter, and construction. It gets cold, but the almost winter and still winter can often take you from below freezing to 70 degrees in the matter of a few hours. So, New Yorkers have quite a collection of coats, jackets, vests, and fleeces to accommodate all conditions. But be careful what label you choose, because it very well might decide what social group you’re identified with. The North Face people are the yuppies and the Columbia people are the wannabe yuppies. Patagonia people are the prepsters. Soccer moms love Marmot. And then there are the Carhartt people who don’t give a damn about this list because they’re too busy working for a living.

8. Everyone In New York Takes Sides In The Baseball Civil War

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Open up your history textbook, kids, and you will see that the biggest feuds on American soil have been the North vs. the South, the Hatfields vs. the McCoys, and the Yankees vs. the Mets. Luckily, the Civil War was settled and the Hatfields and the McCoys battled it out on Family Feud over a Ford Escort. But the Subway Series between the Yankees vs. the Mets is a New Yorker feud that has proven it will withstand the test of time. Fans of both teams can be found throughout the state and neither understand each other or care to. The Mets have extremely loyal, die-hard fans who stick by them win or lose (mainly lose). But they consider themselves the true fans of baseball, not bandwagon jumpers like Yankees fans. Yankees fans are hard to win an argument against, since their team has Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, 18 division titles, 40 AL pennants, and 27 World Championships to their credit. But they’re also arrogant, often unsportsmanlike, and have a reputation for cheating scandals. They just tell Mets fans to get back to them next time their team wins the World Series. Ouch.

9. Everyone Will Be Haunted By Billy Fuccillo Forever

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Has there ever been a more irritating ear worm in the history of commercials than Billy Fuccillo reminding everyone how huge his deals are? The answer is no. Unfortunately, once you’ve seen the commercial, you can’t get it out of your head. Even when you think it’s gone, it manages to creep it’s way in. The second someone says the word huge, you feel a Pavlonian instinct to announce “that’s huuuuuuuuge!” And your doctor has informed you that there’s absolutely no cure because the damage has been done. Leaving the state won’t help, either, as Billy Fuccillo dealerships have sprung up across the country and his plates have been seen by New Yorkers as far away as California. Now that’s huge.

10. Everyone Agrees That Their State Is Superior In Every Way

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Upstaters and city rats might have a lot of differences and they might disagree on a lot of things, but one thing they will always come together in agreement on is that they live in the best state in the country. Whether you’re a Yankees fan or a Mets fan, at the end of the day it really doesn’t matter because they’re both from New York. The Jets, Giants, or Bills? All New York proud. A perfectly crispy slice of pizza or a plate full of conies? Nowhere else can compare. They’re all New Yorkers and they’re proud. But West Chester still isn’t New York City.

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