When it comes to the question of who or when a person gets to qualify as truly being a New Yorker, few New Yorkers can seem to agree. However, what they can agree on are some key rules that all New Yorkers abide by as they go about their day-to-day lives in the city that never sleeps. For example, keep your cool when you spot a celebrity; don’t chow down on messy, smelly foods while riding the subway; don’t slow down foot traffic on the sidewalk; and don’t overreact when you inevitably spot a rat, among others. These and others are the commandments that true New Yorkers live by, whoever they may be.
- Do not slow down foot traffic on pedestrian sidewalks by moving slowly in the way of other people
- If you spot a celebrity, keep your cool and don’t approach them
- Do not bring smelly, messy foods onto the subway to eat
“Some say you have to live in New York for 10 years before you can call yourself a New Yorker. Others, 15 or 20 or for life. Some would go as far as to say you’re not a real New Yorker so long as you bother yourself with these kinds of social politics. I’m not sure that could possibly be true.”