Having been back in NYC for a while, I’ve actually had to become accustomed to the way things are all over again. Whether you are a visitor or a native there are some things you should be aware of. Let’s rattle them off.Some people are crazy. Legit crazy and just-don’t-care crazy. I ride the train everyday to and from work and I often come across the same people. That means I come across the same crazy people too. The first time is always a little strange because you don’t know what to expect from them, but once you start seeing them more often, you’ll be able to decide if they’re “regular” crazy or actual crazy. In the end, though, please trust your gut. You could always get of and move to another car or train altogether.
Some people are rude & dgaf*. You know this, though. To be honest, I’m one of them. Many New Yorkers have a guard up once they leave the house and you probably don’t want to get in their way. There’s just a “get-where-you’re-going” attitude that everyone (besides tourists) carries with them & it comes equipped with a mean mug and no manners.
Some people are hella disgusting. I often wonder to myself what these people’s houses look like after seeing them do something gross. People seem to have no problem littering, spitting, or putting their feet wherever they please when they are on the trains and busses. Like, ma’am/sir, who raised you? Sadly, those are only a few examples. I’ve seen worse.
Now that that’s out of the way, I’ll run down a few more things you should and shouldn’t do, in no particular order:
- Move out the way, please. Thanks. 🙂
- You probably shouldn’t stare someone in the face too long unless you, a) have something nice to say or, b) want a problem.
- New Yorkers are very defensive.
- Walk faster, please. Thanks. 🙂
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It might be intimidating but there is someone who will be willing to help.
- Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. There is always so much going on and I’d hate for you be caught in between some mess.
- Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself. I say this with caution. Know when to speak up and know when to let it go. Remember I told you that some people are rude and careless.
- Inclimate weather makes attitudes worse. I don’t know why, but I swear it’s a fact.
- Warm weather makes people act a fool, too; FYI.
- You will be entertained by performers and fellow straphangers alike. Enjoy.
Sounds like a lot, but once you can get past these things, you’ll be fine. Depending on where you’re coming from, it will be a very big change for you but don’t be discouraged. Being in NYC, I think, prepares you to be able to love in other cities. I know it’s super cliche, but if you can make it here, you probably can make it anywhere.
*Don’t give a fxck.