2. Always be cognizant of how pedestrians move through the city
Know how people behave around transit hubs and tourist spots. Recognize patterns and how pedestrian behavior varies from neighborhood to neighborhood. Anticipate smartphone-induced sleepwalking. And instead of getting pissy and self-righteous towards pedestrians who don't do what they're "supposed" to, accept it, slow down, and move through it.
Sure, it can be frustrating when someone steps out into the bike lane with a phone in their face, or when herds of commuters take over the intersection as they stampede towards the 5:23 to Hicksville -- but as a savvy cyclist and city dweller it is your responsibility to account for this bovine behavior.
Years ago, I hit a pedestrian while riding on Hudson Street, just south of Canal, during the morning rush hour. She ran out from behind a parked car into the street to hail a cab, I had no time to stop or swerve, and I knocked her down. (She was fine, and she got her cab.) While technically it “wasn’t my fault,” looking back at it now I should have anticipated this typical New York City behavior, and I should have been riding slower. It was an extremely busy intersection awash in the chaos of the Holland Tunnel floodplain, and a place where people behave unpredictably and pedestrians can be difficult to spot.
Point is: You know that feeling of terror and rage when a driver blithely cuts you off and nearly takes your life? Don't pass that down to someone else.