How to cross the street in New York

Following on from my last post about New York, there is one major thing that you need to know in order to be a successful pedestrian in this city. Jay walking is not only accepted, but it is expected. To the point that, if it safe to cross the street but you don’t, and there are people behind you waiting to cross, they will (politely) shove you out of the way and or/barrel over the top of you to cross the street. Think of the little red man as a suggestion only.

You can always tell the locals and experienced city walkers because they look at the street first and the walk signal second. If it’s safe(ish) to go, you go. People are always in a hurry here!

Crossing the street in New York

Spotted this sign on the Upper West Side and thought it was pretty apt.

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