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I Love New York (2007-2008) is a VH1 reality television series. It features Tiffany Pollard (better known as "New York") in a quest to find her true love. The series is a spin off of another relationship competition series, Flavor of Love, which featured Pollard as a finalist in two consecutive seasons.

Whereas Flavor of Love tried to redefine Crazy Awesome, I Love New York stays firmly in So Bad, It's Good territory. It's in every way a Distaff Counterpart to Flavor of Love: expect the lineup of hot men to get into catfights, burst out crying, do each other's hair and shake their thongs.

After Tango, the winner of the show's first season, failed to deliver as New York's soul mate, the second season aired, revealing Tailor Made as New York's chosen flame. Somehow, during the taping of her latest show New York Goes to Hollywood, New York dumps him.


In addition to Pollard, a host of other individuals from Flavor of Love joined in, including "Sister" Patterson (Pollard's mother) who appeared on the show to help Pollard choose the right man. Mauricio Sanchez played New York's assistant, "Chamo," but only for the first season.

Spinoffs include:

  • New York Goes To Work
  • New York Goes To Hollywood
  • Real Chance Of Love
    • Real And Chance: The Legend Hunters
  • Frank The Entertainer: A Basement Affair
  • Boston Symposium

Many of the men later appeared on I Love Money, alongside girls from Flavor of Love and Rock Of Love. Hilarity ensued.

A third season of I Love New York was also planned, only to be canceled (along with all of VH-1's other planned reality TV projects) before filming could even begin for the exact same reason why the third season of I Love Money was never aired.


This series provides examples of the following:

  • Aesop Amnesia: New York eliminates Onix for saying Sister Patterson's church performance was an act, and why did Tango dump her? Because she insulted his mother. Come season two, it's obvious she hasn't learned her lesson as she's back at insulting the contestants family members (Pretty and Punk's Mothers and Sistersnote , and Buddha's father). Pretty even leaves because of this.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Tailor Made, who compares this to being "The new guy in prison".
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Season 1: Chance and Mr. Boston
      • Chance and Mr. Boston temporarily set aside their differences in I Love Money, to pair up for what they thought would be an eating contest. It turned out to be a kissing contest. Mr. Boston was up for it, Chance... wasn't.
    • Tango was arch enemies with Real, Chance, and Whiteboy.
    • Season 2: Tailor Made was arch enemies with The Entertainer, Buddha, and Mr. Wise
  • Becoming the Mask: Tango said that he wanted Tiffany Pollard, but got VH-1's New York instead.
  • Big Eater: New York describes herself as this, as she allowed Mr. Boston to cook meals for her.
  • Blatant Lies: In episode 5 of season 2, Tailor Made signs a blood oath and swears he's not a snitch. The contestants, viewers, and even New York knew that was a lie.
  • The Bully: Chance towards Mr. Boston.
  • Bridal Carry: Tailor Made does this to New York at the end of the season 2 reunion.
  • Camp Gay: Chamo, New York's assistant in the first season. He's played by the very flamboyant Mauricio Sanchez.
  • Clip Show: The penultimate episode, just like its predecessor series.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: New York has her moments. She's afraid of parrots because they don't have "English diction".
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Mr. Boston vs. Chance in a boxing match. Chance knocks Boston on the floor within seconds. And it only goes downhill from there.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Tailor Made, at first. When the guys start to catch on, they do everything they can to (a) get him out of the house and (b) get New York to notice. But she always forgives him. The man appears to be channeling Patrick Bateman.
  • The Ditz: The appropriately named It. New York speculates that he's an actor playing the role of a mental patient.
  • Everyone Meets Everyone: The first episode, naturally.
  • Expy: Unsure of Romance. He even lampshaded this on a casting special when he mentioned he looked like "the guy who was crying about his dead dog."
  • Extraverted Nerd: Mr. Boston. Despite his awkwardness and dorkiness, he impresses everybody with his sheer audacity.
  • Handsome Lech: The Entertainer.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: New York made this comment about Mr. Boston.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: 12 Pack and Heat in the first season. Punk and Pretty in the second. In both cases, New York questions the "heterosexual" part.
  • Honor Before Reason: Mr. Wise was promoted to becoming a "Mama's Boy" and was asked by Sister Patterson to be a snitch. He refused, and was quickly demoted.
  • Hot Contestants, Ugly Wife: Opinions vary, of course, but this is the general consensus. Even among the contestants themselves.
  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: How Chance felt in episode 5 of season 1 when he lost to a girl in basketball.
  • It's All About Me: New York eliminates Heat because, due to his family tradition, he placed "Yaya" (His grandmother) first before her.
  • Jerkass: Chance.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: New York had a right to get angry at Tailor Made for spitting at Mr. Wise.
  • Kavorka Woman: Most of the promo photos of the show explain it all.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: New York doesn't win Flavor of Love, both times.
  • Lethal Chef: One challenge in episode 6 of season 1 involved the guys (except Mr. Boston) cook food for New York’s mother. Either some the food was undercooked or not cooked well, which made New York’s mother spit it out after she tried it.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Tailor Made
  • Mistaken for Gay: Again, 12 Pack and Heat. And then it turns out that 12 Pack used to work as a stripper. At a gay club.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The point of the show, the Distaff Counterpart of its predecessor.
  • Mrs. Robinson: During the reunion of the second season, it was revealed that Sister Patterson was dating Champion, a man many years younger than her.
  • Nerd: Mr. Boston and Cheesy. Mr. Boston actually manages to transcend this a bit. Cheesy...not so much.
  • Nice Guys: Mr. Boston, Real, and Heat.
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination: At least once a series. In one case, however, the eliminated party comes back.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Every contestant is given a nickname that their called throughout the show, just like the show's predecessor. Heck, even Tiffany Pollard AKA New York qualifies as this.
  • Pet the Dog: 12 Pack tries to teach Mr. Boston to toughen up so the other men would stop bullying him.
  • Rejected Apology: In season 4 of episode 2 New York demands that Taylor Made apologizes to Mr. Wise for spitting on him. In the concessional, Mr. Wise rejected Tailor Made's apology.
  • The Runner-Up Takes It All: Real and Chance has since had two seasons of their own dating show and now have their own Legend Hunters TV show.
  • Sassy Black Woman: New York, of course. Her mother is an older version.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: New York pulls this to bring Buddha back after he's been sent home.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Narrowly averted with Tango. Unsure and Pretty, not so much.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Mr. Boston's Sensitive Guy to Chance's Manly Man.
  • A Shared Suffering: New York and Mr. Wise after Mr. Wise was spat on by Tailor Made, knowing full well about her incident with Pumkin.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Real and Chance.
  • Smug Snake: Tailor Made.
  • Spin-Off: Real Chance of Love, A Basement Affair. New York gets two herself: New York Goes To Hollywood and New York Goes To Work.
  • Stealth Parody: Mr. Boston in his new web series, Boston Symposium. He may have been trolling us all along. He was definitely trolling for most of I Love Money, but it couldn't hide the fact that deep down, he's still a big dork.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Tailor Made. Many contestants call him a snitch.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: More like "Promos Always Spoil," as during the episode with the last elimination before the season 2 finale, a promo for the finale showed the final two to be Tailor made and Buddha.
  • The Ugly Woman's Hot Son: Punk in comparison to his mother and sister as New York even stated that he got all the looks in his family.
  • The Un-Reveal: Tango and Tailor Made's real names in Seasons 1 and 2 respectively. They're Patrick and George.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The nature of the show means that many contestants are eliminated before we get a good look at them.


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