13. The SPREAD-ACROSS-THE-ENTIRE-SIDEWALK-AND-SAUNTER-LET’S-EVEN-HOLD-HANDS-WHY-DON’T-WE? People. Exactly what they are. They have never been to New York before, and they really could care less what you think about how they’re walking or if you can’t get around them and are running late, because they simply cannot relate. Hey, do you know where the Avenue of the Americas is?
When I lived in the West Village, there were always walking-tour groups clogging up the sidewalks on weekends. And not only would they never move for people who needed to get by, but they seemed completely oblivious to the presence of other people.
What I don’t get is this: Even if you’ve never been to New York, surely you’ve been somewhere that had sidewalks. The rules are generally the same: If someone needs to get by, apologize and move out of the way.
Moral of the story: Don’t live down the street from the Friends building.
This could easily be called The 15 Worst Kinds of Pedestrians. Other cities have horrible tourists and residents lacking in spatial reasoning, too.
Can we add people who have no idea how to ride an escalator - keep to the right people, much like driving on a freeway, because this allows people to PASS you. And getting on and off buses and elevators. It’s customary to WAIT and give people a chance to GET OFF.
If you live in an urban space it can get chaotic. A little common sense and awareness of your own personal space goes a long way. Keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times.