Travel Rules: What Not to do When You Visit New York City

New York City boasts an impressive array of attractions and activities – from Central Park to Broadway – that draw about 40 million American and international visitors annually.

Where to go, what to see

And we love that you come, because last year alone, you pumped $39 million into our economy.

But for people like me who work in the middle of some of the City’s most popular tourist areas – Times Square, Broadway, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central, etc., it feels like all 49 million of you descend on those areas right at rush hour.

So, if you happen to find yourself in any of these areas during rush hour, here’s what not to do:

  1. Don’t Hold up Traffic: Between 7-9 a.m., New Yorkers rush to get to work and between 4-6 p.m., they will almost run you over to catch the bus or train or subway that will take them home. Since you’re on vacation, you stroll. So if you’re caught during rush hour, rather than have us swearing, “Tourists!” under our breaths (or sometimes, at you), move to the side and let us rush past so we can get home to pick up the kids, send the nanny home, feed the cat, walk the dog, etc.
  2. Don’t Walk More than Two Abreast: A lot of sidewalks in the areas mentioned are wider than normal but it’s not an invitation for you and your entourage to spread out. Be mindful of us trying to get home, so walk don’t walk more than two abreast.
  3. Pay Attention: With some of the most interesting buildings in the world, like New York Public Library, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, etc., we understand that you will want to stop, look up and take photographs. But during rush hour, don’t stroll and look up at the same time or turn around quickly. We wouldn’t want to run into you.
New York

Living in this magnificent city has taught me to be a more thoughtful visitor so when I go to other countries, I follow my own unwritten rules.

What are some of your travel rules?

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4 comments on “Travel Rules: What Not to do When You Visit New York City

  1. Check the customs of the country you want to visit…before you visit it. Don’t assume, for instance, that hand gestures used in the U.S. are universal.

  2. I agree with Sandi Ritchie Miller abut the hand gestures. Marcia, I do the same as you in remembering that I am a tourist in another country and to be mindful of the locals. When traveling, forget about the all inclusive, live like the locals do… eat where they eat, etc. You will be highly rewarded. Great Job Marcia. Keep them coming my girl. Love you xoxhugs Judi M’hudi, Wudi, Dudi Clarkesville.

  3. Yeah, we would definitely offend some people with hand gestures. And the best way to see a place is through the eyes of the people who live there.
    Thanks, Juds! LOL, M’Hudi, Wudi, Dudi Clarkesville. You’re really working that name, aren’t you?

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