A Minute in New York
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A New York minute is an instant. Or as Johnny Carson once said, "it's the interval between a Manhattan traffic light turning green and the guy behind you honking his horn."
It appears to have originated in Texas around 1967. It is a reference to the frenzied and hectic pace of New Yorkers' lives. A New Yorker does in an instant what a Texan would take a minute to do.