Tourist Terms: CROSSWALK LEMMINGS

Us New Yorkers pay no heed to crosswalks, red lights, and walk signs, only monitoring traffic and when to safely cross, sometimes only having a fraction of a second to dart from one side of the street to the other.  Many a time a New Yorker will cross–technically illegally–during a green light because he or she sees an opening, causing a herd of tourists to absentmindedly start to follow suit without paying attention to cars and the fact that they are about to get fucking creamed.

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6 Comments on “Tourist Terms: CROSSWALK LEMMINGS”

  1. KingOttoIII Says:

    That is so true. Or when you cross and they are on the other side looking at you like you just committed murder. My god he just crossed the street when it said dont walk!

  2. Aaron Goldfarb Says:

    I’ve noticed that too. Like most NYers, I don’t stand on the sidewalk when I wait to cross the street, I stand a foot or two onto the actually street. Tourists stare at me like, “Oh my god, is he about to commit suicide?!” as if I’m standing on a fucking train track.

  3. TheGreenCat Says:

    How about the tourists that will also stand in the street (thus blocking my access to it) and then STILL wait for the light? Get back up on the sidewalk where you can all hold hands and point at the pretty lights safely ok? Because if you continue to block my way, I’m going to have to start shoving…

  4. Aaron Goldfarb Says:

    Drives me nuts too. Another bad thing with the snow and ice on the ground right now is that there are very few “access points” where one can get off the sidewalk and into the street without stepping in wetness or ice. OF COURSE, tourists are now blocking those access points at all times!

  5. the guy who just walked into you Says:

    This is so common its not even funny anymore.

    The other day i had a few tourists follow me out (i think i crawl faster then them) across the street near rockefeller center only to missed by a cab…naturally the cab lays on the horn and keeps driving, barely missing them. The guy in the group yells out, “did you see that, whats that guys problem”

    Drivers in the city should be “rewarded” for “removing” these idiots from our streets.

  6. Aaron Goldfarb Says:

    I saw a Korean bike messenger absolutely plow into a group of tourists today near the Atlas statue. Not a pretty site.


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