Nothing makes you more obvious or annoying as a tourist than acting like you’ve never seen a sidewalk before. “No way! Is this all for me?!” No. It’s for everyone. Kindly behave like a person.
1. Keep to the right
Also, if you need to get around someone, feel free to walk in the street a bit.
2. Nobody cares about your traveling pants
None of this spread out, four-abreast, slow-walking BS. It may make you feel cool, but if you and your friends take up the entire crowded sidewalk just so you can feel like you’re in Sex and the City or Entourage, I’ll be hoping for an errant cab to clip the person on the end.
3. Think about where you’re taking that photo
Are you in the middle of a busy sidewalk? Are you then stepping an additional 6ft back to make sure you get your whole family and the object behind them in-frame? Then accept that it might take you 10 minutes to find a window where none of us are walking through your picture, and that no, you do not get to complain. If we waited for every picture, nobody South of 59th St would ever get anywhere.
4. Mind your luggage and your children
If you’re pushing a stroller in front of you or dragging a huge, rolling suitcase behind you, you can still admire the height of our buildings, but you also need to keep tabs on where those wheels are and whose foot they might be running over. Because nothing says “Welcome to New York” like having your Samsonite kicked into the middle of 7th Ave.
5. Step to the side
Finally, if you need to break the flow of traffic to do anything (fight, kiss, Snapchat, literally anything except for walking to your destination), step off to the goddamn side. Would you stop your car in the middle of the highway to tell your girlfriend those pants make her look like her Mother? No, you’d pull the hell over. Same rules apply here. Also, don't do that.