So we've heard Empire State of Mind, seen Taxi Driver but is New York City actually anything like the way it's being portrayed? Well, even if we can't visit it, there's a way to find the answer to this question online.

The Instagram account WhatIsNewYork shares user-submitted pictures and videos taken in the Big Apple, showing New York City documented through the eyes of its residents.

One quick glimpse and you'll see a shirtless guy strolling on a snowy street, a pack of dogs posing for a picture with bunny ears, and petty revenge — all the reasons why WhatIsNewYork already has over 834K followers.

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Catlady6000
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4 months ago

The smiley face.

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This Is Most Of Us

This Is Most Of Us

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Chancey
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4 months ago

This is hysterical!

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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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How Does One Get On The Mailing List For This Easter Card?

How Does One Get On The Mailing List For This Easter Card?

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Friday
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4 months ago

I’m impressed that they all still have the bunny ears on!

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You Ever Just Be Sitting There And The Dude Next To You Falls Asleep On You?

You Ever Just Be Sitting There And The Dude Next To You Falls Asleep On You?

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Hugo A-niro
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4 months ago

My friend woke up in a woman s lap after drinking. The woman was very nice and did not wake her

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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."

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LuckyL
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4 months ago

I kind of would wait for the message on the pillow, just to find out if he's really doing it

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Mary Veltri
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4 months ago

Loud is not always convincing

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"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.

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Hugo A-niro
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4 months ago

People actually care in NYc

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#8

Lunch Date

Lunch Date

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GirlFriday
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4 months ago

Looks like the perfect date to me!

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Imagine Being High And Seeing This Today

Imagine Being High And Seeing This Today

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Truth Monster
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4 months ago

I would like to see him in the Pride parade...

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#10

Rip Mamma!

Rip Mamma!

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Hugo A-niro
Community Member
4 months ago

What a sweet thing to do

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#11

Snowball Fight!!!

Snowball Fight!!!

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Catlady6000
Community Member
4 months ago

Nothing to see, just a bunch of complete strangers having a wholesome good time. smiles

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#12

Got A Bunch Of Late Submissions So Here’s A Final Halloween Weekend Roundup

Got A Bunch Of Late Submissions So Here’s A Final Halloween Weekend Roundup

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Kira Okah
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4 months ago (edited)

If this wasn't NY, I'd swear this was my mate. Lovely fursuit.

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Community Member
4 months ago

Fair enough.

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#14

Dogs In Goggles

Dogs In Goggles

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SirPatTheCat
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4 months ago

Doggles

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Vasana Phong
Community Member
4 months ago

What the heck, lots of packages being stolen in apartment buildings, it’s like porch pirate’s Xmas, I ship mine’s to may job

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Wholesome Content

Wholesome Content

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Friday
Community Member
4 months ago

❤️❤️❤️

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#17

That Time Of Year Again

That Time Of Year Again

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Hugo A-niro
Community Member
4 months ago

Urban beauty

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#18

What Are You Naming Your WiFi Network?

What Are You Naming Your WiFi Network?

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Jazzy Mc. Jaz
Community Member
4 months ago

haha! yes

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#19

Spring Has Sprung

Spring Has Sprung

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Lawless
Community Member
4 months ago

Nothing unusual here

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#20

Have Yourselves A Saturday, Sirs

Have Yourselves A Saturday, Sirs

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Lorrie Rothstein
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4 months ago

rick rolling

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#21

With Indoor And Street Dining Closed Last Night, Rocco, The Owner Of @trattoria_lincontro, Had Dinner With His Staff To Make The Best Of The Storm That Hit The Tri-State Area

With Indoor And Street Dining Closed Last Night, Rocco, The Owner Of @trattoria_lincontro, Had Dinner With His Staff To Make The Best Of The Storm That Hit The Tri-State Area

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Hugo A-niro
Community Member
4 months ago

New york spirit. I Love it

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#22

Just A Few Doods Chillin’

Just A Few Doods Chillin’

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Just_Another_Hooman
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4 months ago

awww

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Linus Nilsson
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4 months ago

That's Gary, we all know Gary

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What Are You Asking?

What Are You Asking?

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Nicky
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4 months ago

This is the funniest thing ever!!! It should be the lead photo.

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Vasana Phong
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4 months ago

Are these owners to cheap to put up security cameras? I’m sure this wasn’t the first complaint, now it’s vigilante times

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Tim Fischer
Community Member
4 months ago

Weird thing anyway, that the delivery guy doesn´t have to give it to you in person or to a neighbour

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Hugo A-niro
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4 months ago

See this is what I hate about apartment renting in nyc

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Coming For Your Girl

Coming For Your Girl

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Chancey
Community Member
4 months ago

Swiggity Swootie!!!

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#29

Always Pay Attention To Your Surroundings In NYC. Never Know When A Creeper Is Gonna Be Staring At You

Always Pay Attention To Your Surroundings In NYC. Never Know When A Creeper Is Gonna Be Staring At You

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Truth Monster
Community Member
4 months ago

Its ok, he's Kool.

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#30

So, Michelangelo?

So, Michelangelo?

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Nicky
Community Member
4 months ago

You should see the little guy when he gets mad.

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#31

That Apartment Cost What??

That Apartment Cost What??

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K Witmer
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4 months ago

Harry Potter style

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Julia Atkinson
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4 months ago

When you're stuck in a New York apartment but would prefer to live in a cabin in rural Montana

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At Least Yours Responds

At Least Yours Responds

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Naima Ivansdóttir
Community Member
4 months ago

people do care in nyc lol

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A B C
Community Member
4 months ago

I'd really like to see that picture. Or are there multiple, different ones?

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Friendly Reminder To Keep In Mind What Delivery People Will Be Going Through The Next Couple Days So Tip Well! Also, Try To Avoid Using Delivery Apps And Call Businesses Directly

Friendly Reminder To Keep In Mind What Delivery People Will Be Going Through The Next Couple Days So Tip Well! Also, Try To Avoid Using Delivery Apps And Call Businesses Directly

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Allan Breum
Community Member
4 months ago

At that point, it might be easier to just run it...

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Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
4 months ago

Cool... now others can slip...

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#37

That Apartment Cost What??

That Apartment Cost What??

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Vasana Phong
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4 months ago

Just wow, nice floors though

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Citispin

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Kageyama
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4 months ago

when u can't find somewhere to sit Ig

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#39

More NY Snow Activities

More NY Snow Activities

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Jazzy Mc. Jaz
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4 months ago

In Maine we go on a hill.

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Marcellus the Third
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4 months ago

Running out of puppies, how many squirrels are equivalent to a puppy?

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