Sometimes New Yorkers can earn a reputation for being cold, or even mean. Remember that this is not true. In fact, the people here are usually very friendly and reasonable. However, it is true that many people you will encounter in the city will be literally in the midst of their daily commute, meaning they are in a hurry and they are operating under pressure. For this reason, New Yorkers do not take kindly to having their path blocked. To help you get along in the city, just remember a few basic rules of NYC courtesy. On the subway, always move as far into the car as you can, and never take up more than one seat or lean against the hand pole. When walking on the stairs or the sidewalk, remember to always stay to your right. This one’s crucial. And don’t stop abruptly while walking. Instead, dip off to the side of the crowd or find shelter behind a news stand or phone booth.