1. You use a golf umbrella.
Sidewalks in New York aren’t built for suburb-sized umbrellas. Leave them at home and do what us locals do: buy a small, $5 black umbrella with the curved handle on the street corner or in a deli. It should last you exactly one and a half rainstorms, depending on the wind.
2. You confuse bluntness with rudeness.
We’re a friendly bunch and will help anyone who asks. But, we tell it like we see it. We walk fast, talk fast, and don’t linger for leisurely conversations with people we don’t know. If you ask us how to get to Times Square, we’re happy to help you. We just won’t tell you our life story. We’ve already moved on.