Moving to a new place is a somewhat daunting experience. When I was fresh off the plane in New York City, I noticed that the "townies" dressed, acted, and spoke differently than I did. I've learned a few things that that I thought I'd share for anyone looking to move to New York City either temporarily or forever.
1. Pizza. Probably the most important item in this post. Okay so New Yorkers will know you are not from here if you order anything but cheese pizza. Here, they will also know if you order "cheese pizza." If you want normal cheese, you say, "plain slice please." If you order "cheese" you will be charged for extra cheese. Complicated. Seriously.
2. On an escalator, stand on the RIGHT side if you are not wanting to book it down the escalator. If you stand on the left side, you need to walk the duration of the steps. If you don't walk and just stand on the left side...oh, you don't want to know what will happen.
3. Heels and dress shoes. Men and women in NY who wear expensive dress shoes, mostly never wear them until they arrive to work. You will see a lot of sneakers, flats, boat shoes, and UGG boots on the street. Reason being, you don't realize it at first but the amount of walking you do here really wears on the soles of your shoes.
4. Staring at people on the subway. This is a no, no, and totally touristy. It's fine, but New Yorkers stare straight ahead and don't make eye contact. They also DO NOT eat on the subway or on buses.
5. Don't eat every cupcake you see. You all know I made this mistake more than once. WELL in New York, I figured that all of the cupcake shops are fabulous because they are IN NEW YORK, but boy was I wrong. Cupcakes are obviously a matter of opinion, but I found out quickly that some shops are a tourist trap, and the cupcakes don't even really taste that great. FYI, this rule can also be applied to bagels and pretzels.
6. Talking to strangers. I am a very friendly person, and I like to ask people how they are doing if they are bagging my groceries or next to me in line or something like that. I learned over time that sometimes it's a good idea to ask, and other times, if people are waiting behind you in line, this might not be a good idea. Quick example- I was ordering food in an airport recently and asked the lady making my sandwich how her day was. She then spilled all about her ex sister-in-law's best friend's, maid of honor at her wedding and how this woman's son was in and out of jail and something like that. HA. The man behind me gave me a dirty look. I then proceeded to tell the man that everyone deserves to be asked how their day is going. He didn't like that very much.
7. Not everyone in New York is a thief. When I was a tourist before I moved here, so many people told me to hold my purse tight and watch out for theft. I can tell you that after being here for a year now, I have never had an issue nor seen any theft. I know that doesn't mean it never happens, but it hasn't happened to me/I haven't seen it. Knock on wood.