NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette
Nathan W. Pyle
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
New York Times Bestseller
Living in New York City for five years as a transplant from Ohio, illustrator and T-shirt designer Nathan Pyle was fascinated by the unique habits and unspoken customs New Yorkers follow to make life bearable in a city with 8 million people (and seemingly twice the number of tourists). In NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette, Pyle reveals the secrets and unwritten rules for living in and visiting New York including the answers to such burning questions as, how do I hail a cab? What is a bodega? Which way is Uptown? Why are there so many doors in the sidewalk? How do I walk on an escalator? Do we need be touching right now? Where should I inhale or exhale while passing sidewalk garbage? How long should I honk my horn? If New York were a game show, how would I win? What happens when I stand in the bike lane? Who should get the empty subway seats? How do I stay safe during a trash tornado? Each tip is a little story illustrated in simple black and white drawings.
all of this is true
i recently took a trip to NYC for the first time a few weeks ago. i should have read this book prior to going, this is the best tourist guide for NYC out there. i hope Nathan makes one for Tehran next time.
Out of town friends & fam: READ THIS!!
How NYers think, in simple pics. Now you, too, can understand us. PS, Move over & read to the side. Thank you!
jokey. lots of filler. little useful information.
this book is disappointing. 75% of the content amounts to 'watch where you're going.' it's repetitive and scolding, not really helpful. (I've lived in New York for 10 years). the tone is mostly lightweight snark.
some important, nuanced tips about New York are woefully under-explored.
for example, hailing a taxi. the tip reads 'the taxi is occupied if the light on the roof is off; the taxi is vacant when the light is on.' but this is misleading; there are two sets of lights on NY taxi roofs, the outer "off duty" lights, and the inner "driver ID" lights. the taxi is only available if ONLY the inner lights are on.
also, another taxi tip mentions taking a 'livery' car instead, but never explains what it is (it's a town-car service, run by various local companies. you have to call to pick you up, you can't hail them in the street, and you can haggle the price down (if you know the geography). also, no mention of Uber, which is fast replacing all that stuff.
newcomers (or long-stayers) want nuanced, idiosyncratic information, not superficial life-advice. it feels like the author didn't dig deep enough.
also many bodegas have bathrooms if you ask nicely.