You know that XXX video stores existed in every neighborhood, not just Times Square
As for 42nd St becoming "Disney-fied" or whatever -- who cares. That place has always sucked for this generation and now it just sucks for different reasons. Though there used to be a theater on 42nd that showed kung-fu movies... but that was in the '80s. Sorry, only '80s kids will know that (stick to the '90s Jesse, stick to the '90s...).
You know about the nightmare that was Magnolia Bakery and despaired
The infamous cupcake slingeria opened in 1996. Sex in the City bus tours would start taking be-fannypacked Midwesterners past and through the store from the late '90s into the 2000s. While it heralded a beginning of the cupcake craze that still sadly seizes much of the dumber parts of New York, it also set a weird line-forming precedent for seriously basic stuff. New York has always had incredibly fancy dining and other experiences that drew rapt crowds willing to stand around and wait, but the act of lining up like a horse-faced, drooling goon for something any troglodytic mouth-breather can make in their own kitchen started right here.
You know what paying a cab driver through that little partition in the bulletproof glass was like
Is that stuff even bulletproof? It’s not even glass, is it? It’s just like plastic, right? So, what is that even "proof" of? Knife-proof? So many questions!
You know allllll about rollerblading
Your insistence that you did not rollerblade is simply not believable. If you were totally kickass you may have also "skitched" (this is the most '90s word conceived by man, btw) up and down the Westside Highway.
You know what big-ass pants are all about 'cause you wore 'em. Damn those pants were so big.
JNCO Jeans, UFO pants, Army pants... it truly was the era of ginormous pants. Also, welfare reform.