We’re Walking Here: A Behavioral Guide for Tourists to NYC

My Father, my Aunt and my grandparents in NYC circa 19402

My Father, my Aunt and my grandparents in NYC circa 19402

With high-tourist season about to begin, a New Yorker tells visitors how to navigate New York like a native.  Or close enough.

NYC has a love/hate thing with tourists.  We need you. You stay in our hotels, you buy stuff, you fill the seats at Broadway Shows starring b-list celebrities.  You go to the Olive Garden.  Thank you for being a big part of what keeps my city afloat.  We love you for it.

But we also hate you.

Why?  Because you don’t follow the unspoken, unwritten rules of NYC that we New Yorkers feel in our bones but clearly need to explain to visitors so we don’t kill   get too frustrated with them.

I’m here to help.  How do you know I know what I’m talking about?  My great grandparents came to Manhattan in 1898. My grandparents were born in Manhattan, my parents, too. My kids. All of my aunts and uncles, all of my cousins, my siblings, my husband, my husband’s parents, his sibling, aunts, uncles and cousins.  Me?  I had the great misfortune to have been born across the river in my parents’ momentary blip of suburban fantasy play – but I’ve lived in Manhattan for 30+ years. I have ROOTS, baby.

So here are real rules and dictates from a real New Yorker.  Heed them.  Or else.

  1. Jaywalking is a way of life.  New Yorkers do not wait for the light to change to cross the street.  Simple, right?  Evidently not:  I’ve watched countless tourists watch New Yorkers cross against the light, aghast, then smile, decide they’re going to be just like the natives, and attempt to cross too.  Right into on coming traffic.

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Bright Star: A Great Mother’s Day Gift of a Broadway Show

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Mother’s Day is around the corner.  And what better gift than tickets to a warm, funny, moving Broadway show, starring an incredible newcomer:  Carmen Cusack.  Tickets to Bright Star, which opened on Broadway this season, would make the perfect Mother’s Gift this year. Bright Star, written and composed  by Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin), […]

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How Not to be “That Person” in Your Co-Working Space

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WeWork. NeueHouse, Grind, The Yard.  If you’re a small business or start up owner, chances are you are either already in one of these hip or pseudo-hip shared office environments, or thinking of joining one.  Want free beer?  There’s a co-working space for that.  Want foosball tables?  Check.  Want camaraderie, parties, inspiration, motivation?  Check Check […]

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Peapod Meal Kits to the Rescue

You get an simple recipe and all the ingredients: pre-measured

When holiday cooking gets you down, Meal Kits from Peapod home grocery delivery and Barilla can help.  I received a gift card to facilitate shopping for this post. I once saw a headline in the Onion:  Mom Does VRBO in the Caribbean:  Does Same Sh@# with an Ocean View! That’s a little bit how I […]

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The Last Disconnected Summer

Kenwood Evergreen Waterfront

Why an admitted tech addict mourns the loss of her kids’ tech free summers.   Every summer, for the past six years, my kids have been disconnected from the digital world for seven weeks straight while they swim and bike and canoe and do every land sport imaginable at sleepaway camp. But this summer is […]

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