This tip will help you both fit in and get around in New York City, as simple as it is. In most of the country, locations are denoted by the house or building number and the street that it is on, for example: 123 Sesame Street. It’s not that this is untrue in New York City, of course, the buildings are still numbered and the addresses are written the same way. However, when giving or getting directions to a destination, you can save yourself a lot of time and confusion by instead noting the cross streets. The “Cross Streets” are the two streets between which your destination lies. For example, the Empire State Building is located at 350 5th Avenue in Manhattan, but a better way to describe the location is by saying “5th Avenue, between West 33rd and West 34th.” This gives you, your cab driver, or the person you are asking for directions a much clearer idea of the exact location you are trying to get to.