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You know you're from Staten Island when . . .

  1. You refer to Manhattan as 'the city.’
  2. You call the ferry 'the boat.’
  3. You can name all four bridges.
  4. You’ve gone sledding at LaTourette.
  5. It takes you a half hour to get to your friend's house... and they live less than a mile away.
  6. You have fond memories of the metal box outside your front door where the milkman put glass bottles of milk
  7. You know it's Prince's Bay, not Princess Bay.
  8. You would never swim in the water here.
  9. You take pride in being from the ' South Shore ' or ' North Shore '
  10. When we had two colleges, Staten Island Community and Richmond College
  11. At least one of your relatives or neighbors speaks Italian.
  12. You remember where EJ Korvettes was.
  13. Majors department store was a big deal when it opened in Mariners Harbor.
  14. You know its The Outerbridge Crossing not the Outer Bridge.
  15. You have gotten into arguments with people who think Long Island is the fifth borough.
  16. You or someone you know has more than one matching velour jogging suit in their closet.
  17. You take fresh mozzarella and prosciutto for granted.
  18. Every year you went to the New Dorp/Curtis game before Thanksgiving dinner, even if you didn't go to either school.
  19. You recall Weisglass Milk and Weisglass Stadium.
  20. You know the difference between Richmond Road, Richmond Avenue, and Richmond Terrace.
  21. You know that 'Mike' or 'Nick' own all the good diners.
  22. You remember the sound of the SIRT gates going down when a train approached.
  23. You remember the 'orange' home delivery bread trucks from Holtermann's bakery.
  24. There are now 20 families living in town homes where there used to be one family living in a cape cod.
  25. You remember trying not to slip and slide around on the wicker seats from the old SIRT 'olive colored' trains.
  26. Your car cannot fit between the driveways of two houses
  27. You know that we don't have apartment houses, we have Projects.
  28. You've eaten at the Victory Diner at 3:30 am
  29. You have fond memories of Bacci, Steinman's, Cosmo's, Al Deppe's, Demyan's Hofbrau and Tavern On The Green.
  30. You attended concerts at the old Paramount Theater
  31. New Dorp Lane was simply referred to as 'The Lane' and Richmond Avenue was simply 'The Avenue'
  32. You remember when there were only about four or five traffic lights along Hylan Blvd from Richmond Avenue all the way to the Conference House.
  33. You know every back road to the Verrazano.
  34. You bought most of your books at the Clove Lakes bookstore.
  35. Remember the Honeycomb at the mall.
  36. You remember a horrible mid-air collision where one of the burning airliners fell into Millers Field in New Dorp.
  37. Goodhue and Tompkinsville pool brings back fond memories.
  38. You remember Wetsons, Goodys and Jack in the Box
  39. You remember movies at The Lane, The St. George, The Paramount.
  40. You know that a chocolate egg cream doesn't actually have any egg in it.
  41. You remember the trains above ground before they were put underground.
  42. It was a nickel to ride the bus with your bus pass.
  43. You went to the concerts every Wednesday evening in the summer at Silver Lake.
  44. You remember a time when the big shopping district was Port Richmond
  45. You referred to the King's Arms as "the Arms" and called it the Queen's Legs at least once.
  46. Pal Joey's "slice of pizza and a coke" was 25 cents
  47. You know where Travis is.
  48. When we had lots of bowling alleys on the island.
  49. You made Al Deppe's chicken dance for a penny.
  50. You know that we have an Armory and where it is
  51. You remember when Father Capadano Blvd was simply called Seaside Blvd
  52. You put pennies on the SIRT tracks so the trains would flatten them.
  53. Shopping at JC Penny's when it was on Forest Avenue.
    
    



     


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