Valentine's City of New York guide book was published in 1920. This post at Gothamist explores the ins and outs of tourist etiquette according to the guide. Here are a few helpful tips:
- Don't ask a pedestrian where a certain street is. He is usually too busy to stop... and won't know.
- Don't cross the street in the middle of the block. In Paris they arrest you for that, in New York they simply run you down.
- Don't buy the Woolworth Building, Brooklyn Bridge, the Metropolitan Tower, the City Hall or any prominent structure.
- Don't hand your baggage to a porter outside Grand Central unless he wears a red hat.
- Don't gape at women smoking cigarettes in restaurants. They are harmless and respectable. They are also "smart."
I'll try to remember not to buy the Empire State Building next time I visit the Big Apple.