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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Manhattan Rules

It's bad enough that every summer the streets of Manhattan get clogged up with tourists. What makes it worse is that these tourists don't know the Manhattan Rules.

For example:

You cannot walk three abreast holding hands.

You cannot walk slowly.

You must cross the street when no cars are coming whether the light is green or red.

Manhattan isn't the beach. Dress accordingly.

I'm sure there are more but I can't think of them right now.

It's all good that tourists spend a lot of money in New York but, at what price?



  • At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You cannot stand in the middle of the sidewalk with your mother, brother, spouse and child trying to decide whether this is a good store or restaraunt to walk into.

    You cannot stand on line at Starbucks for a whole minute asking the employee what each and every beverage contains. Read the sign first!

  • At 3:37 AM, Blogger Ezzie said…

    Hmm. While I share your frustrations, I use that time to think "Why the heck am I in such a rush? Why not take a moment, walk a little slower, and maybe life up my head and actually SEE what's going on, appreciate it?"

    I love tourists, they remind me of pleasant places - not NYC.

  • At 8:56 AM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    Cause I have to make a train, a meeting, etc.

  • At 9:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Outta my way, ezzie. You wanna dream, get a park bench in Central Park. Meantime, here's another NYC rule: no more of those umbrellas the size of a tractor tire.

  • At 9:43 AM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    anon 9:35

    see this:

  • At 10:37 AM, Blogger SaraK said…

    Why do the tourists insist on taking pictures of nothing? They always have their cameras pointed up.

  • At 12:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Why can't people pretend that they are driving and walk quickly ON THE RIGHT SIDE? People have certainly shot in this town for far less.

  • At 2:47 PM, Anonymous ardbeg78 said…

    I have always said, we should build a mock-up of the City somewhere out of the way (maybe on Staten Island) and send the tourists there, so they don't bother us. Seriously, have you ever tried to walk through the Times Square area when they are out in force?

  • At 5:44 PM, Anonymous Bob Miller said…

    Without tourists buying stuff and paying sales taxes and tolls, the city would be even less affordable to live in.

    Not to mention that residents would mock each other more if tourists were not available.


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