What is a big no-no while living in New York City

What is a big no-no while living in New York City

  • If you have a large amount of people to buy subway passes for and there arent many working machines, load one metrocard with enough for everyone and swipe them all through. If you cant figure out how to quickly use the machine, ask for a hand from a normal looking person. New Yorkers are more than helpful, if it means expediting any process.
  • Let everyone off before you get on. Every time the door opens. And dont stand in front of the door. Step aside.
  • When you get on, dont stop near the doors, file in to the center of the car
  • Be mindful of the train starting suddenly as you sit down so you dont fall into the person sitting next to you.
  • If you have a seat, offer to give it to anyone who has lots of bags, is pregnant, elderly, or anyone who seems more tired than you are.
  • Dont spread your knees into another person’s space.
  • Do NOT lean against the pole. Make room for others to use it.
  • If the car is packed, take off your backpack and hold it low.
  • Dont eat on the subway if your food smells strongly. Ever.
  • If you get cell reception, dont use the phone loudly. Just tell the person on the line you’ll call them back when you get off the train.
  • Dont play any media without headphones on.
  • DO NOT stop at the top of escalators, stairs, doorways, whatever, to find you way or to look around. Step aside please. Thanks.
  • The RIGHT side of the escalator is for standing and the LEFT is for walking. Be aware of people behind you who are trying to get past.
  • Walk fast. Theres nothing worse than slow walkers. Absolutely nothing.
  • When you walk, be aware that there are people behind you, in front of you, to the left and right of you, above, below, everywhere. Keep a steady pace and steady trajectory. We get PISSED about this.
  • Do not treat the bike lane like an extension of the sidewalk. Cyclists dont have enough room to ride safely as it is, with the traffic and the threat of a suddenly opening car door. The last thing they need is someone stepping out into the bike lane without looking and getting clipped.
  • Basically, be mindful of the space you occupy at all times, and dude… be decent to the homeless too. These streets are rough and there are many reasons why that person could’ve ended up in their predicament.
  • Bikes follow the same traffic patterns as a car. Dont go against the flow of traffic. This is reserved for delivery personnel only (though they still bother me at times).
  • Wear a rear blinker at the very least if you’re riding at night.
  • Dont stop to yell at the aforementioned pedestrians who step into the bike lane. This gives other cyclists a bad reputation. In fact dont yell at anyone for any reason. Be nice.
  • Look in every direction at all times and be safe.
  • Only bring your bicycle on the train if it’s not packed and have a good excuse, like if there’s a flash flood (better idea is to wait it out) or you’re far from home AND it’s past 2 am.
  • Steer clear of pedestrians and leave ample room to brake when you’re travelling with traffic.
  • Dont piss anyone off. Cyclists tend to have a bad enough reputation as it is among the drivers who lost part of their roads to the bike lanes and pedestrians who have nearly gotten clipped.
  • Always tip and dont be stingy. It’s almost worse to be tipped $1 than nothing at all. At least you arent trying to hide that you’re a dick if you leave nothing without a VERY good reason.
  • Know what you want before the bartender takes your order. If any of the items you’re ordering is hard to make, or if you’re ordering a guinness, then ask for that first.
  • If you’re sticking around, dont close your tab every time you approach and leave the bar counter.
  • Dont wave your hands or money at the bartender to get their attention. If you want better service, then tip heavily after they give you your first round, then keep the tab open.
  • Dont hit on the bartender if its uninvited. Trust me, they’re used to it and dont give a shit. Plus you look like an ass.
  • Be respectful of the staff’s time, personal space, and the staff themselves. Be respectful of the regulars. This goes for anyone you encounter who is in the service industry or anyone on earth for that matter.
  • Respect the space too. Some people may feel more at home at their local bar than in their actual homes, by the way.
  • Dont pick fights or be an alpha macho douchebag. You’ll get politely asked to leave at best, or get your ass handed to you at worst.
  • Dont be obnoxious and please keep your voice at a normal volume.
  • If it’s not a sit down place, know what you want before ordering and know the order down to the detail (condiments, etc.). We dont want to wait while the gears in your head are turning.
  • Dont get annoyed about having to wait at busy places and complain like an entitled jerk. If you didnt have the foresight to make a reservation, thats your problem. Plenty of other options out there, so find another one.
  • Dont complain about the price. We get it, New York can be an expensive place. We survive and you can too.
  • Avoid tourist traps. If you want real New York food or experiences, ask one of us and we will be delighted to share our favourite spots with you. Just dont stop us if we look busy.
  • New York is one of the largest cultural hubs in the nation and is a sanctuary city for all kinds of people, so keep your closed minded opinions to yourself.