There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the NYC hashtag on social media. It’s also used in other cities, but it seems like New Yorkers are the most passionate about marking their photos with this hashtag.
The term actually has nothing to do with New York City, nor does it stand for anything. It’s just a simple way to tag your photos with a location or place name.
The “NYC” hashtag was first used in 2011 by Instagram user @nyc_hustlers who would caption his photos with the phrase “NYC Hustler.” He would also use #nyc and #newyorkcity as hashtags on his photos. His account has since been deleted by Instagram, but other users have picked up the trend and continue to use it today.
Last modified: August 12, 2022