On a recent trip into the city, I observed a couple things which made it obvious that the person was not from New York. So for fun I sat down and made a list of some other things which are a dead giveaway…
You might not be from New York if…
- You make eye contact with everyone on a subway train. And smile. A lot.
- You walk looking up at buildings instead of down at dog poop.
- You wait at a crosswalk until the sign says to walk.
- You look both ways before crossing a one-way street.
- You go to Times Square.
- You decide not to get on a crowded train only to find that the next one is just as crowded. As well as the next. And the next…
- You lean over the subway platform to look for a coming train, but look the wrong direction.
- You take 10 minutes to parallel park and still end up crooked and 3 feet from the curb.
- You come back to find you got a ticket for parking in a “no standing” zone.
- You thought a “no standing” zone meant no standing around.
- You eat at Times Square.
- You don’t get your Metro Card out until you are standing in front of the turnstile.
- You are confused when the train is delayed while the doors keep opening and closing and the announcement says “stand clear of the closing doors.” Someone finally points out that the doors are closing on your backpack.
- You don’t take the open seat between two people on a train because it would violate their personal space.
- You think people have a personal space.
- You get blank stares when you excessively say hello, please, thank you and good day.
What else would you add?