Surviving on the Roads - SurvivingBaruch

Winter or summer, rain or shine New York City is known for its fast moving life & you may have heard the vicious rumor about New Yorkers being a surly bunch with a bad attitude towards new comers. Having experienced this city for more than two years now, I can say honestly that the New Yorkers welcome the naïve new comers with open heart.. Unless of course they need to be at someplace & you get in their way :)

New York and New Yorkers move fast, and it's normal to feel uneasy, overwhelmed or downright frightened at the pace when are new to it. Read on for these simple tips for surviving this concrete jungle while you roam around in buses & subways.
  • When you get to the subway turnstile or on the bus, have your Metro Card in hand and ready to swipe. Nothing is more infuriating than missing your train because someone decided to wait until they were at the turnstile to begin searching their pockets/purse/suitcase for their Metro Card.
  • If you are travelling in a bus, get on at the front of the bus and get off in the back. This is a huge time saver for the people trying to board the bus, the people already onboard and the people waiting at the next stop.
  • Move to the middle of the subway car. You will have ample time to get off at your stop. Promise.
  • MTA has recently started a new bus service called “Select Bus Service”. These buses collect fare off board & you don't have to swipe your Metro Card inside the bus. These buses are time savers as they don't wait for the passengers to swipe in their card & start moving when all the passengers get in.
  • If you don't plan on walking up the escalator, move to the right. And if you are carrying a giant bag, take it off your arm or back and rest it in front of you so people can get by.
  • Never, under any circumstances, walk more than two people across on the sidewalks. While you take in your surroundings, others are trying to get where they need to be and want to be able to pass you.
  • If, for some reason, you decide to drive in New York City, leave ample room between you and the car in front of you in traffic. This way, if you get stuck at a red light, you won't block the intersection or the crosswalk.

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