Let’s be real, more than saying “cawffee,” talking like a real New Yorker means being able to pronounce all the insanely hard-to-pronounce names belonging to our streets, restaurants, and people. Regardless of how long you’ve lived here, chances are you still don’t know how to say “Kosciuszko” or “Maialino” or even “Lundqvist” -- not to mention, every stop off the L sounds like a Hunger Games character (Livonia! Bushwick-Aberdeen!). So to help you get it right, for once, we’ve created this handy New York City pronunciation guide. Get out there and shout “Schermerhorn” to your heart’s content! Still confused about a pronunciation? Leave it in the comments.
Note: There are plenty of disputes about certain pronunciations (i.e., van-WICK, vs. van-WIKE), so in those cases, we went with the more popular pronunciation -- just keep in mind that people still say things differently. And that it’s totally van-WICK.