April 30, 2012

An Open Letter to Tourists


Dear tourists,

How exciting! You are coming to visit the greatest city in the world - New York! You're going to see the Statue of Liberty, see all the lights in Times Square, check out a Broadway play and try a piece of pizza.



Just wanted to give you a polite reminder from your fellow New Yorkers. It may be a difficult concept to grasp but this is our home. There are approximately 8 million people who live on this 468 square mile island called New York City. So you can imagine that it's already a little crowded. While you may be coming to visit the sites and take lots of pictures, we are trying to earn a living and get to our jobs. We appreciate you coming to our fine city and supporting the local economy but we have a few simple favors to ask when you visit:

Sidewalks. They are a mode of transportation for millions of New Yorkers every day. Think of them as your highways. You wouldn't want someone stopping in the middle of a highway to snap a picture, would you? You would feel annoyed by them causing congestion while you're traveling at the speed limit. And please don't stand all together. The sidewalk is not big enough for a family of 4 or greater to walk next to each other. Single file line with people going two different directions is the unspoken rule of New Yorkers. When you all stand together you interfere with that flow of traffic and once again it's annoying for all us who live here. We would appreciate it if you wouldn't cause congestion on our highways.

Directions. Despite the bad rumors, New Yorkers are happy to give directions. However, you should look for someone who seems not to be in a rush. If someone seems to be running or briskly walking please don't stop us to ask for directions. Also, once we've given you directions please don't start telling us about your local town or showing pictures of your grandkids. We are sure they are really cute and all but would like to get back to whatever we were doing before (i.e. listening to our iPods or reading our Kindle).

Be respectful. This is our home and just as you would expect guests to act a certain way at your home, we ask the same of you. We're happy to have you here. You're spending money on ludicrous things and feeding our economy (hooray!). We just ask that you respect where we live. Don't walk into me because you're too busy looking up at the tall building which is not a landmark, don't stop in the middle of the sidewalk to look for directions (kindly step to the side), and don't walk slowly as many folks are trying to get to work.

If you keep these rules in mind, you probably won't have any issues during your visit. We hope you had a pleasant time on your stay and we're honestly okay if you decide to never come back. We have 50.2 million other people visiting.

Sincerely,

~Your fellow New Yorker

P.S. You're the only ones still shopping at Abercrombie. Just stop.

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25 comments:

  1. Hahaha, I'm hoping to visit your fine city in February. I will have to keep these in mind.

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  2. Agreed. I need to share this with all London tourists, especially those who will be here visiting over the summer. I hate how they seem to just stop in the middle of the sidewalk. Is it bad that I carry a large umbrella just so I can 'accidentally' poke their feet? Hehe. And yes, tourists are the only ones that shop at the Abercrombie here too.

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  3. You tell 'em! I go nuts, all the time.

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  4. LOL Kimberlee!! LOVE this - so funny! :)

    xo, sam

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    1. haha I'm glad everyone laughed rather than bitch me out :)

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  5. Haha, Oh my goodness this is a great post. I am a fast walker by nature living in the city so I get entirely frustrated when people stop directly in front of me on the sidewalk ... in route to even a Starbucks, LOL. My sister is such a suburbs gal and I love the city ... and her friends just don't quite get it! I know some people who need this post! Oh Lord, and Abercrombie? uggh, Too much, haha!:)

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    1. haha glad you enjoyed it. My sister is also a suburbs gal. Can we just pass this post around to every tourist? Leave it in their hotel room ;)

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  6. Lol. When i worked in midtown i ended up walking in the streets most of the time.

    Its the same way in chicago on Michigan ave...they stand in the middle of the sidewalk in groups looking up!

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    1. Oh wow, good to hear it's just not New York. In LA, every body drives so don't have to deal with tourists too much

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  7. Haha, I loved reading this and coming from a small countryside village I'd most probably stop and look around, thereby causing a congestion:) Sorry!

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  8. Fashion Me ChicMay 4, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    OMg that is so true. I hate when they take the sidewalk for them by walking slowly and most of all by stopping in the middle of it to take photos. That drives me insane. People have to go to work, school or whatev and they are in your way. I co-sign on everything that you say.

    At the end of the day, New Yokers are really nice people and will help you out but keep in mind that we are busy people always rushing to go somewhere so don't take it too personaly if you get a New Yorker's stanky attitude.

    Great post!

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  9. Haha, this is a fun post. Applies to most cities that are filled with tourists who have no idea how to act normally. :(

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    1. haha this is true. Just think New Yorkers have to deal with it worst of all because we walk everywhere, it's small and there's already so many people living here so adding 40 million tourists is a tight squeeze!

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  10. Well New Yorkers do have a tendency to be rude and weird. Come to California is sunny, warm and people are much more friendly. And better looking LOL.

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