Posted on 15th February, 2016
The cultural and financial capital of the USA, if not the world, New York City is an adrenaline-charged, history-laden place that holds immense romantic appeal for visitors. The "Big Apple," the "City That Never Sleeps", is the nation's true trendsetter and opens the doors to incredible lifestyle for one and all. In visiting New York, you, too, are opening yourself up to a world of wonderful opportunities. But while visiting, here are a few cultural faux pas that you should avoid in New York!
I know what you mean when you say "the yellow line" but, seriously, its the NQR.
If the light on top of the car is lit, they are available. If not, they have a passenger. Also, don't yell "Taxi". Whistle only if you must.
Yes, we all know how pretty the lights are. There are two problems with this.
You know where you are most likely to get mugged? Your mecca, Times Square. I've had friends from 150th St all the way down to Ave C, and I've never had a problem.
You never realize how quiet the subway is until your buddy is using his outside voice in the middle of a silent train.
You have been waiting in line for 5 minutes and just now you've decided to go spelunking in your pockets?
Bonus asshole points if you are all holding hands. If I have to go into the street to pass your posse, you're doing it wrong.
Congratulations, you have just become an obstacle on a very busy and narrow walkway.
Yes, it's stinky. No, there is nothing we can do about it. No, you are not helping out by reminding us.
There are collisions all the time. I will walk into someone or someone will walk into me just about every time I am walking. A quick "excuse me" or "sorry" is fine. No need for "OMG are you okay?"
I have a few friends who come into the city and want to see a movie. Or go to Olive Garden or McDonalds for all of their meals. If I invite you to the city, I want to show you the city.
For a bonus, here is something that is a faux pas everywhere but NYC.
I'm not sure why this is a thing, but I know what all my friends pay for rent and they all know my rent. I've asked once or twice in the company of out-of-towners and am always amused by how their jaw drops at such a "personal" question.
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"Matt is a Columbia neuroscience graduate turned web developer. A man-bun enthusiast, he spends most of his time in New York City, playing with his cat and shooting darts with his friends in between freelance jobs. He writes about NYC, dating, and psychology, among other things..You can follow him here.
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