New York City is fantastic--lots to do, lots to see, and lots to eat. Naturally it attracts visitors. But, all visitors should have a primer on how to walk through the streets of Manhattan. I'm here to provide just such a primer.
5: Umbrellas. Learn how to use them. Seriously. If it isn't raining, they shouldn't be open. If it is, they shouldn't prevent you from walking normal speed. Also, get a sense of where your umbrella begins and ends.
4: Stairs. If you step off an escalator or come out of a stairwell, the proper thing to do is keep moving, not stand there until you figure out which direction you need to go. Every second you stand there gazing aimlessly into the bright lights is a second closer the people behind you are getting to murder.
3: Pay attention to stop lights. You may look up and see a "don't walk" sign flashing. But look at the stop lights--if cars that would otherwise hit you are stopped at a red light, and cars going the same direction as you have a green light (not an arrow, but a green light)--go! The pedestrian lights are a few steps behind the traffic lights.
2: Ignore "don't walk" signs. If you are at a corner and there is a "don't walk" sign, but there are no cars in sight, just go.
1: Treat it like driving. You wouldn't stop your car in the middle of the street to look around. No, you'd pull over first. Same thing applies--the streets here are filled with busy people frantically trying to get to and from work. When you just stop it causes a traffic jam behind you. Just don't do it.
You're welcome, fellow New Yorkers.
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