Some habits only make sense when you live in New York City. For locals, nobody bats an eye when partaking in some of these behaviors, but for outsiders looking in, they may seem a bit odd. The list is long and ongoing, but here are ten weird things New Yorkers do.
Lean over the subway platform to see if the train is coming.
As if that’ll make said train arrive any faster.
Jump out of a gridlocked cab, because walking will be faster.
If you’ve ever tried taking a cab to a Broadway show during rush hour, you know it’s time to exit and start running as soon as you see the lights of Times Square.
Fake a conversation on the phone to avoid sidewalk promotors with clipboards.
Personally, I’m a master at pretending to have an in-depth conversation with absolutely no one.
Drink as many mimosas as possible during a bottomless brunch.
Because there’s a 90-minute time limit. You have to get your money’s worth, right?
Walk around post-workout in frigid weather wearing nothing but shorts and a sweatshirt.
Because the gym is only a few blocks from home. (Although some of us can’t even make it to the bus stop when the temperature dips below 15 degrees.)
Order Seamless after midnight.
If you haven’t done this at least once, are you even a New Yorker?
Stroll by a live film crew on the street without caring about which celebrities could be nearby.
It may be an opportunity to get a cool selfie to show off on Instagram, but New Yorkers have better things to do than celeb stalk.
Party hard on a weeknight.
Because New Yorkers don’t have to wait until the weekend to have a good time. This is often followed by staying in with Netflix and takeout on a Saturday evening.
Randomly insert Yiddish words into everyday conversation.
You don’t have to be Jewish to find yourself randomly saying words like “oy” or “schlep.”
Make an excuse to get out of plans just because it would mean commuting to another borough.
A book club meeting in Brooklyn that involves three subway transfers and a 15-minute walk? “I suddenly have an urgent deadline for work, so I’ll have to pass.”
What other weird, but totally “New York,” behaviors have you noticed? Let us know in the comments below!
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