Gawker has a few pet peeves they want to tell you about regarding the tourists that flock to New York City ever year (of course), and they have a few suggestions to help the visitors cohabitate better with the locals.
Gawker suggests that if you’re walking down the street, keep it to two people abreast, any more and you’re an obstruction. When navigating the subway escalators, remember that nothing pisses New Yorkers off more than standing on the left. Walkers are for the right, standers are for the left. Also, the two-by-two rule is reduced to one in these situations.
And what about reading maps while walking on a sidewalk? Don’t get them started!
That’s right, not a side-”stand there and look at a map” or a side-”slow down and look at the pretty buildings.” If you come to a full stop on the sidewalk, you’re going to interrupt the regular flow of traffic, which means people will run into you or be forced to go into the street to get around you. So just don’t stop. If you really must, do it someplace out of the way, like next to a lamppost or bus stop or some other structure that pedestrians are going to have to avoid anyway.
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