The Gothamist's ongoing column, "Ask a New Yorker" tackles one of the more important NY etiquette queries, how to walk like a New Yorker.
I moved to the city two weeks ago, and there are still many things I do not understand! For instance, how do I swipe a MetroCard in the subway or on the bus so it works without having to do it five times? But my biggest problem so far has been walking down the street. Yes, you heard me right. At least three times I’ve been walking along, just minding my own business, when someone sighs furiously or gruffly yells, “Excuse me!” and then rushes ahead. This has generally been on crowded streets in Manhattan, but it’s happened at least once going up an escalator in the subway. What am I doing wrong? And why do New Yorkers walk so fast?
Tune into this most entertaining advice column for all the great tips on navigating our busy city sidewalks swiftly.