New York Sidewalk Etiquette

New York City Sidewalk Etiquette

Today’s post is brought to you by guest blogger, Sassy Fritz. Sassy lives in Manhattan and shares her opinions on how to thoughtfully walk the city’s busy streets:

  • If you are on a narrow cross-street and feel like walking slowly, don’t position yourself in the middle of the sidewalk and float side to side like a mystical unicorn. This effectively prevents anyone from passing you.
  • If you need to stop to answer your phone or get something out of your bag, don’t stop abruptly—this creates a build-up of people behind you. Kindly move to the side to take care of your business.
  • If you are in a group of four or more, you cannot all form a row and walk down the street together. Other people walking from the other direction shouldn’t have to back out of the way for your processional.
  • Don’t allow your dog to walk really far on those extendable leashes. You’re creating a low tightrope that innocent pedestrians can trip over.
  • Don’t clump in a crowd outside a restaurant while you are waiting for a table. People still need to get by and shouldn’t be expected to narrow into a single file line because you can’t pick another one of the 1,000 restaurants in NYC to brunch. Show some decency!

Sassy Fritz is a New Yorker who writes a humorous blog of observations about her life and the city. She loves animals, window dioramas, and Brian Williams. She frowns upon bad manners and tomfoolery. Follow her online at


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