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NYker behavior Mar 27, 2009
I've sort of picked up on this common thread from reviews about NYC inhabitants, on our "coldness." As a NYker, it's true that some NYkers are a bit aloof. But the attitude has more to do with efficiency, and slight impatience, than actual malice.
NYkers will rush the trains to get on, maybe pushing, or skipping ahead to be first, and then stand right in front of the train doors b/c they are supposedly "getting off soon" (yeah like in 10 stops-hehe). There IS a mentality among most NYkers to get SOMEWHERE, wherever it is, quickly. If you don't want to rush as much, you should avoid the trains around 7-9AM and 5-7PM, sort of peak train hours when ppl are going to or coming home from work. OR be prepared to be pressed up against other ppl, VERY busy times on the train :).
Familiarize yourself a little with the train. There is a sign over the platform stating where the train is going, AND/OR ask the ppl on the platform. (Unless you are taking the train late at night, then feel free to hold the door b/c the trains are sometimes re-routed for track work etc. after 12AM, thus totally understandable if you are unsure where the train is going.)
Also, a tip for when you are on escalators: please stand to the side if you don't feel like walking up, so NYkers who DO feel like they have to run won't get stuck behind you. (If there is space on the escalator to have ppl walk on one side and the other side to remain stationary if they need to). This will make you not hated :D.
Remember Manhattan is where a LOT of Nykers live and work, so there's always a steady stream of NYkers who are rushing to get to work or home, or lunch then back to work or to school whatever. So we would appreciate you walking quickly also, or at least standing off to the side out of sidewalk traffic.
Disclaimer: I don't mean to make tourists out to seem like all slow-mo movers, just generalizing what NYkers are typically annoyed at about tourist behavior. And I don't mean to make NYkers sounds horrible either-there are some very nice ones who will try to help you if they can. Just ask nicely, and obviously don't stop the person rushing somewhere b/c they might blow you off, ask the person walking [less] fast LOL. I really do hope this helps.
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