Hello, world. This is New York City. As everyone knows (or not), a day in NYC is always hectic and busy. People walk fast like their time is running out. Trains are always overcrowded, dirty, and if you’re lucky, stinky. There’s always something going on around this city and for sure you won’t get bored in it. Mixing in the fast-paced life is great, but it’ll be better if you’re prepared with these basic rules to live by when you’re in NYC.
1. Learn to refer subway lines by their numbers and letters.
It is confusing at first (like almost everything in NYC) but knowing this is already helpful when getting around the city.
2. When ordering something at a deli, don’t place all your orders to the person behind the cash register.
If you want a sandwich, ask the person working behind the station. Grab your food and head to the checkout counter to pay.
3. Do not lean on the subway poles.
You see, the train is crowded and people need something to hold on to.
4. A tip for tips
The bill’s 20% is the standard minimum. 15%, is a good way to piss someone off. Don’t tip at fast food places.
5. The food is great here.
There’s always something new to try in town and you can even get authentic ethnic cuisines from all over the world. So, for your sake, forget about your plan going to Olive Garden and Friday’s. Please.
6. Never trust an empty car train.
Thinking of going VIP during rush hour? Sure, if you want to get empty car train perks like vomit, a busted air conditioner, or something worse.
7. Be sure your change or Metrocard is ready before you get to the turnstile.
Avoid finding yourself searching for these things in your purse or wallet once you’ve stepped inside the bus or right before a subway turnstile. This rule also goes when you’re paying at the checkout counter – get your cash and cards out quickly, please.
8. Where do you find New York-style pizza in New York?
Nowhere and everywhere. You’re in New York right?
9. Stealing another’s cab ride isn’t illegal but…
If you want to be the best candidate in everyone’s hate list, going farther from someone trying to get a cab to steal his/her ride should be your favorite daily activity. In other words, don’t.
10. Learn to walk… a lot.
It’s healthy and the best way to get around the city. Don’t complain.
11. Know when you’re getting in someone’s way
Do you know how it feels like when you’re driving on a highway and the car in front of you is moving too slow? Annoying right? That’s how the people walking on sidewalks and subway feel too when you and your friends walk hand in hand around NYC like you’re in an amusement park.