“Bridge and tunnel,” which is more commonly used in its acronym form, B&T, is a derogatory slang term that was originally developed to describe some Manhattan dwellers from the outer-boroughs of New York City who, by definition, must use a bridge or a tunnel in order to enter into what’s considered to be the city’s main island. The original implication indicates class distinction—those without Manhattan area codes were likely of a less affluent background. But as the city’s population evolved into what’s now considered to be one of the most unique socio-demographic landscapes in the world, so did the term itself.

In it’s more modern form, the slang is a reflection of one’s level of cultural awareness. The most obvious signs of a bridge and tunnel commute is poor fashion choice. Those accused of being B&T tend to lean towards that of the mainstream variety compared to Manhattan’s achingly well-dressed inhabitants. Here in this exclusive preview from our CR 7 story titled B&T, we use Lara Stone as our test subject. The theory? Sometimes, fashion can be so bad that it’s good. (Leave it to Carine to make a crimped mullet look chic.)


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