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Gen Z declares what it means to be a true New Yorker — on TikTok

The TikTok video opens with Casey Bonsignore, 23, standing on a New York City sidewalk. “This is how you know who is and who isn’t from New York,” the Ridgewood native announces. She whips around, opens her mouth — and emits an earsplitting noise that’s half-grunt, half-scream, glowering at passersby. A guy on the curb does a double-take, while a woman pushing a stroller winces and hurries away. Bonsignore turns back to the camera, looking smug. “If they looked, they’re not from New York,” she says. The viral clip, filmed and posted by Bonsignore’s sister, Alexis Shaw, has racked up 9.3 million views so far. It’s a standout from a heated debate raging on the video-sharing platform: What makes someone a real New Yo ...
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