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                                                        I am a New Yorker

                                                        By Anonymous 

I am a New Yorker

I may no longer live in the five boroughs or on the Island or Upstate

I may now live hundreds or thousands of miles away

Or I may live just over the GW Bridge

But I am a New Yorker

I am a New Yorker

Whatever took me out of New York:

Business, family or hating the cold did not take New York out of me.

My accent may have faded and my pace may have slowed

But I am a New Yorker

I am a New Yorker

I was raised on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Rockerfella Plaza,

The Yankees or the Mets

Jones Beach or Rye Beach or one of the beaches on the Sound.

I know that THE END; means Montauk.

Because I am a New Yorker

I am a New Yorker

When I go on vacation, I never look up

Skyscrapers are something I take for granted

The Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty are part of me

Taxis and noise and subways and get outa heah; don't rattle me

Because I am a New Yorker

I am a New Yorker

I was raised on cultural diversity before it was politically correct

I eat Greek food and Italian food, Jewish and Middle Eastern food and 

Chinese food

Because they are all American food to me.

I don't get mad when people speak other languages in my presence

Because my relatives got to this country via Ellis Island and chose to

stay.

They were New Yorkers

I am a New Yorker

People who have never been to New York have misunderstood me

My friends and family work in the industries, professions and businesses

that benefit all Americans!

My firefighters died trying to save New Yorkers and non-New Yorkers

They died trying to save Americans and non-Americans 

Because they were New Yorkers.

I am a New Yorker

I feel the pain of my fellow New Yorkers

I mourn the loss of my beautiful city

I feel and dread that New York will never be the same

But then I remember:

I am a New Yorker

And New Yorkers have:

Tenacity, strength and courage way above the norm

Compassion and caring for our fellow citizens

Love and pride in our city, in our state, in our country

Intelligence, experience and education par excellence

Ability, dedication, and energy above and beyond

Faith-no matter what religion we practice

Terrorists hit America in its heart

But America's heart still beats strong

Demolish the steel in our buildings, but it doesn't touch the steel in

our souls

Hit us in the pocketbook, but we'll parlay what we have left into a fortune

End innocent lives leaving widows and orphans, but we'll take care of 

them

Because they are New Yorkers

Wherever we live, whatever we do, whomever we are

There are New Yorkers in every state and every city of this nation

We will not abandon our city

We will not abandon our brothers and sisters

We will not abandon the beauty, creativity, and diversity that New York represents 

Because we are New Yorkers

And we are proud to be New Yorkers