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I'm willing to bet that most of us who have never been to New York City have still heard songs about it, like 'Empire State of Mind,' or seen movies, such as 'Taxi Driver.' But how can we know if these representations are accurate? Well, there's a way to find out even if we can't tour the place in person.
The social media project WhatIsNewYork reveals how it looks through the eyes of its residents by sharing user-submitted pictures and videos taken in the Big Apple.
One quick glimpse at its content and you'll see a shirtless guy strolling on a snowy street, a pack of dogs posing for a picture with bunny ears, and many more vivid 'postcards' that capture the diverse and unfiltered essence of NYC.
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WhatIsNewYork is actually a spinoff of another cool online project. "I created SubwayCreatures back in 2012 to document all of the funny, crazy things I was seeing. When that got big, I decided to expand the content outside of the subway into the streets of NYC," Rick McGuire, the man behind these Instagram accounts, told Bored Panda.
Now, McGuire receives close to 200 submissions per day, "but a lot of them are not worthy of being posted."
"I don't exploit the homeless or those who appear to be mentally ill and I try to spotlight people who are doing something intentional or funny to bring attention to themselves," he explained.
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Rick said that the warm weather and people being able to dine out late have resulted in all sorts of crazy submissions. "Pet owners still bring their weird, exotic animals around the city with them and Washington Square Park has always been a hot spot for interesting activity."
"Another popular submission is photos of funny NY vanity plates. I posted a bunch of them and didn't realize how much of a 'thing' it was. My inbox was filled by the end of the day."
"More than half my followers are NYers and that number might be underestimated because there are people who move away and still follow because they miss it so much," Rick said.
According to him, the NY followers are quite easy to spot in the comment section. They're the ones who identify areas in the videos and can relate to a lot of what the page posts. "They are also not shocked or surprised by what they see most of the time," Rick added.
This doesn't come as a surprise. Rather, it's a testament to New Yorkers' colorful everyday life, a sentiment echoed by Adrienne E. Adams, Speaker of the New York City Council.
"Our city is home to a mosaic of cultures," she said. "As a lifelong New Yorker and native of Queens, where we speak more languages than anywhere in the world, I consider anyone who calls our city home a New Yorker."
"Whether lifelong residents, immigrants, transplants, or recent asylum seekers, the shared joys and struggles we uniquely experience as New Yorkers unite us. Our historic women-majority and most-diverse City Council reflects this diversity to help everyone find success," Adams explained.
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Because of its massive diversity, New York City is commonly referred to as the 'Melting Pot' of America.