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Random NYC Tip.3 (Crowds)

October 28, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

It might sound crazy or antiquated, but the best when you’re in a rush the best way to get through a crowd is to walk directly into oncoming [pedestrian] traffic. Those not from the city might be picturing themselves getting trampled right about now, but it’s nothing like that. Think about it, how is the person in front of you going to know you want to get ahead: they can’t see you. So you spend countless seconds walking like you’re in Downtown Beijing, stepping on people’s heels when you could’ve been where you were going already. “Wait” is truly a four-letter word here, we can’t do it. The New York , New Yorker walks into the oncoming lane of people and knowing how ‘real recognizes real,’ everyone moves accordingly…the not-so-natives freeze up like deers in headlight and that’s where the trampling imagery comes from.

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  1. Brandi
    October 28, 2009 at 4:40 am

    Hmmm….makes perfect sense. *grabs pen and paper* Im gonna fit right in! Thanks Ray

  2. October 28, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    This is very true.. I learned this after day 2…

    • October 29, 2009 at 3:46 am

      Yeah and once you learn that, you’re fine, right?

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