New York is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole world. With tens of millions of visitors each year, it’s no wonder why sometimes locals may get a little frustrated with clueless tourists.

When it comes to New Yorkers, they are anything but subtle. If they don’t like something, they’ll let you know without hesitation which can come as a shock for people who aren’t used to it.  

To make sure that you have the best possible trip to the beloved Big Apple, take a look at some of the best pieces of advice for what not to do while you’re there. 


Regardless of whether people do it or not, jaywalking is in fact, illegal. The problem with jaywalking is that you can get hit by a taxi or a car easily. There is so much traffic at each intersection in New York City that you’re much safer waiting for the light.

Not only are you putting your own life in danger when you jaywalk, but you’re also putting other people’s lives in danger. Crossing the street a few minutes sooner isn’t worth a hefty ticket, or worse- fatalities. 

Not Tipping

In many parts of the world, tipping is optional rather than an obligation. However, in the United States, and especially New York, it’s critical that you tip 20% of your total bill. 

New Yorkers hate when tourists tip less than the expected amount. Don’t be surprised if a waiter chases you out of the restaurant for a lousy tip. New Yorkers don’t mess around with their service fees. It’s critical to show appreciation for the service that you receive.

Blocking The Sidewalk

Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean everyone else is. People who live there have to battle the massive crowds of people every day to be able to get to where they’re going.

Don’t be the clueless tourist meandering around the sidewalk, unaware of foot traffic. Keep the flow of pedestrian traffic going, take note of things like a steel pipe bollard (it’s likely there to help with crowd control) and never block the path.  

Skip Someone In Line

Even though many people assume that all New Yorkers are rude like the stereotype says, however, they are known for respecting the rules. New Yorkers have unspoken rules that anyone who tries to jump in front of you in line will be called out publicly. 

If you do try to skip ahead of a New Yorker in line, you’ll probably come face to face with the wrath of a local that you’ve heard stories about.

Not Carry Cash
Even though credit cards may be the most convenient way to carry funds while traveling, you’ll find there are a lot of places in New York which are cash only. When you’re buying from street vendors or small independent shops, you should always have some cash on hand.