There are words and phrases used in every local around the world that mean something specific to that geographic region. New York City is no exception.
A lot of slang that started in New York City has made its way out and is used in other places as well. Knowing some New York City slang will go a long way in helping you sound like and understand locals.
Some of these words and phrases are not specific to New York City but were popularized there.
Schlep: to carry something awkward or heavy; to make a tedious trip
Pizza connection: The cost of a slice of pizza plus the subway fare
Bagel and a schmear: Bagel and cream cheese
Crosstown: Traveling east or west in NYC
Uptown: Traveling north in NYC
Downtown: Traveling south in NYC, anything south of Canal Street
Standing on line: NYC’s way of saying standing in line
Slice: A slice of pizza
Upstate: Anywhere north of The Bronx
The Island: Long Island
Alphabet City: A neighborhood in the East Village where the avenues are named A, B, C, D
Johnny pump: Fire hydrant
SoHo: Area south of Houston (pronounced How – ston)
The Willie B:: The Williamsburg Bridge