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15 Unspoken Rules About New York That All The Locals Know

August 17, 2021 1.5k votes 384 voters 140.7k views15 items

List RulesNew Yorkers: Vote up the unspoken rules all tourists should know before they visit.

If you are planning a trip to New York, it's not enough to just watch Gossip Girl's reboot to learn about places, trends, or how to speak like a New Yorker. So once again, we've got you covered. Check out this list with secrets and local rules to have a non-touristic Big Apple experience. Vote for your favorite tips!

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    Watch For People In Costumes

    From Redditor u/webauteur:

    I would skip Katz's Delicatessen. I've had better food at a company picnic. You can do better than that.

    Watch out for scammers trying to give you a free CD of their music. They will sign it and then ask you for money.

    The people in costume around Times Square are just hustlers bumming money for taking a photo with them. They can be aggressive and half [wild].

    Golden rule?
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    Skip The Empire State Building

    From Redditor u/alicht9:

    Skip the Empire State Building, head to the top of the rock. It's cheaper and you get to SEE the ESB!

    To see the Statue of Liberty, take the Staten Island Ferry. It's free and you get a great view.

    Please step all the way into the center of the subway car. Please stand facing the people in the seats while in the middle of the subway car.

    Avoid Times Square.

    It is not rude to ignore anyone trying to talk to you on the street. Just keep walking

    Check out the internet for the best food... but if you walk past something that smells amazing, GO EAT IT!

    Feel free to ask anyone without headphones in for directions.

    Welcome to our city! =]

    Golden rule?
  • 3

    Don't Pull Out A Map

    From a former Redditor:

    Limit midtown to an hour unless going to a show. Then leave immediately after the show. Someone put a mall in the middle of New York City. You can go to a mall anywhere. Be careful flashing maps in high traffic areas. Showing a map is body language for "steal my wallet."

    Golden rule?
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    Don't Avoid The Subway, Do Avoid Chain Restaurants

    From Redditor u/StayDoomed:

    Don't drive, don't go to a chain restaurant or business, don't avoid the subway, don't stay only in Manhattan, and think you know what New York is like.

    Golden rule?