You'll Never Go Hungry Here: 19 Things Only People From Queens, NY Understand

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 09: The '5 Pointz' building is seen on August 9, 2013 in the Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. 5 Pointz is a series of properties that graffiti artists use as an outdoor art exhibit space - it is considered the Mecca of the graffiti world. The space has been used as a space for graffiti artists since the early 1990s, though in 2011, Jerry Wolkoff, the owner of the property, announced he planned to demolish the building to build high-rise residential buildings. The 5 Pointz graffiti community has since been in a battle to keep the space as is; they are currently petitioning the government to consider the space a protected cultural landmark. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Ah, the humble borough of Queens, New York: home to the underdog (and by underdog, I mean the New York Mets, le sigh). Many New Yorkers only think of Queens as the place with the AirTrain to JFK Airport or as the borough with all the good Indian food. But for those of us who live here, we know it's much more. 

Queens is the eternal home to the artists' mecca that is 5pointz (yes,I still believe we can save it). It is the borough in which some of the greatest TV shows ever created have been filmed (30 Rock, Girls and Sesame Street, just to name a few). 

Us natives know it as the place that birthed heavyweights like Nas, Lucy Liu, and all of the Ramones. And yes, we know it as the borough that will satisfy any and every food craving, over and over again. 

Queens is the most ethnically-diverse of all of the New York City boroughs, and you'd better believe it shows in our plethora of cuisines. Dying for a damn-good dosa? Craving a kick-ass calzone? Um, obviously you're in the right place. 

If you're from here, you know what I'm talking about. Queens peeps, let's talk about the things that only we understand.

You get into passionate arguments with your friends over where the best Thai food is 

(It is obviously at Nusara. And not just for the teddy bear-shaped side of rice.)

You have 'your diner'

This is, was, ever shall be my diner.

you know Elmhurst Dairy exists, but can't figure out where they'd fit a farm in Da Hurst

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You have a very strong love/hate relationship with the 7 train

As in you hate it when you're sober and love it when you're completely wasted. 

You say a silent prayer every time you go by the spot on Queens Blvd. where the Wendy's was...

"You can't tear that down! THAT WAS MCDOWELL'S!"

 ...and think it's funny it's now being turned into a luxury development complex

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71st Road. 71st Drive. 71st Avenue. None of this is confusing for you.

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this was your birthday cake at least once 

Because every bakery was the fake-whipped-cream-and-strawberry-sponge-cake bakery

You're loyal to Elmhurst Famous Pizza, but secretly patronize every Singas Pizza you come across

(You cannot tell the difference, though you'll never admit that, even under duress.)

Speaking of Famous Pizza, you keep meaning to try the Indo-Pak but ... nope

It's just. Too. Spicy. Half pepperoni/half plain, please. Yes, again.

If you grew up in queens, you had at least one field trip here

Which was hilarious, because you'd been going to Flushing Meadows at least once a month to go to a Mets game/attend a family barbecue/stalk the churros lady.

The St. John's and the Queens College kids argue over Traditions vs. College Green...

                            

(Even though they're both just seedy dives)

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because of eddie's, You will never want for homemade hot fudge and ice cream  

Bless you, Eddie's. Never change.

Two words: CHERRY. VALLEY. 

And specifically this beauty, "The Beast."

You know who the Flat-Iron Man At Queens Center Mall is

You may have even liked him (or the mere idea of him) on Facebook. 

when you see these you immediately think "Here come the Men in Black..."

most of all, If you're driving back from Manhattan, you feel a sense of relief when you see this:

Because there is really and truly no place like home

Especially if home is Killa Queens, NY.  

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