26 Signs You Grew Up In NYC In The ’90s

Being a city kid was pretty damn great.

1. Your field trips were here. Also, you laughed at the stupid tourists who paid the full ticket price. Real New Yorkers know it’s donation-based.

2. You saw this everywhere. (But had no idea what it meant.)

3. You hung out at the Chelsea Piers bowling alley because they served beer and their method of “checking IDs” was to inspect your credit card. Or library card. Any type of card, really.

4. Cabs looked like this: boxy.

5. And the subway often looked like this.

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6. And you needed one of these to ride it.

7. You got your shampoo at Love. (RIP, right?)

8. Nobody lived here. And you think it’s kinda weird that they do now.

10. After school, you and your friends would try to get on “TRL.”

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11. You got to experience the original FAO Schwarz. Not the sham it is today.

12. St. Mark’s was a cool place to hang out. Now it’s totally cheesy. Actually it was cheesy back then too, but we just didn’t know it.

13. Or Sony Wonder. Because it was free.

14. Cartoon Network supplied you and your friends with delivery weed.

15. If you were too cool for school, you went to shows here.

16. Otherwise: all-ages shows at the Knitting Factory!

17. You watched the “Robin Byrd Show” in secret.

18. Eeyore’s bookstore was the best.

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19. Did you also get your fake ID at some super-sketch men’s clothing store on Christopher Street?

20. You shopped at Canal.

23. As a kid, you maybe bought your shoes at Harry’s.

24. Birthday parties at Wollman Rink!

25. This was your backyard.

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26. And this was your skyline.

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