Earlier this week, the Daily News ran a story about people looking to lose their New York accents. Sam Chwat, who founded New York Speech Improvement Services - and has worked with Julia Roberts and Andie MacDowell, and is even working with the cast of Glengarry Glen Ross for their Chicago accents - says many of his clients are trying to rid themselves of the "streetwise image of fast-talking New Yorkers."
"If you spend your life in a particular community, like New York's Irish, Jewish or Chinese communities, then there's no reason to speak any differently. But if you cross the border into new communities, then you sound different. People listen to how you speak, and they make judgments from that."
Eh, judgments are made all around. Making fun of our cowpokey President's Texash twang, our neighbors' way up North saying "aboot," and noting that some New Englanders "pahk the cah." Gothamist's favorite movies of New Yorkers losing their accents are Working Girl and Radio Days: "Hawk! I heah da cannons rauw! Is it da king approachin'?"
If Gothamist has an accent, it's not so much a New York one but one where we're imcomprehensible because we slur too much. Wikipedia on the New York-New Jersey accent, the BBC has a Langwich Skool uv Noo Yawk, and a Columbia Review of Journalism story about Noo Yawk Tawk. Also, a story of matching a Brooklyn accent with a Long Island one at More Than Donuts.
Photograph of Kristina Saci's Brooklyn-inspired dishes. Home goods store Fishs Eddy opened a Brooklyn store last year, and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz asked if they would carry Brooklyn dishes. So Fishs Eddy sponsored a student competition at Pratt, asking students to design Brooklyn patterned dishes. First, second and third place winners will see their patterns in stores; Saci placed second.