I spent the weekend in New York City a few weeks back and I’ve decided to break it up into several posts. Today’s installment is all about the easiest way to walk with a group on the streets of Manhattan. See more installments of my trip here: brunch and shopping in Soho.
This is something I would never, ever do when I lived in New York. No native in their right mind walks through midtown between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. However, since I am no longer a resident and was visiting as a tourist, a walk from Grand Central to my friend’s apartment on 56th and 6th was not only necessary, but kind of nice.
As a public service, I’d like to introduce a technique to anyone looking to travel to NYC during the holidays (or really, any city with crowded sidewalks). Institute the “pull-over.” This is something my college friends started our freshman year at Fordham. Every time we traveled into Manhattan and were walking as a group, instead of stopping en masse in the middle of the sidewalk, we shouted “pull over!” and we’d all move off to the side for someone to look up directions, tie their shoe, etc. It felt very childlike when we were just starting out in the City, but super effective and I still use it today when I am walking in a group of three or more.
Another tip, if you’re walking with a large group and you’re leading them, shout, “left” or “right” about 30 feet before you have to make a turn. You may sound like a drill sergeant, but this is preferable to having a human pile up on the corner annoying everyone on their way to work.
The streets are mean, be prepared.