Pandemic gives megaphone to the oft-maligned New York accent

New York City is the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in the United States, and New Yorkers are among those offering crucial information to the nation. All of which means the New York accent has stepped up to the mic — or the megaphone. In this frightening moment, there’s been an appreciation for the straightforward, no-holds-barred approach to speaking of the likes of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci. That hasn’t usually been the case for the various fast-talking, final-letter-dropping, middle-vowel-stretching speech patterns of the five boroughs. But the New York accent is having a moment.