TIPS FROM A LOCAL
Ditch The Car: With heavy traffic and parking so difficult, true New Yorkers prefer the subway, buses, cabs, or even walking to driving. If you do hop on one of the iconic yellow cabs, note that around 4pm is a bad time, because this is when most cabbies change shift.
Between The Lines: With avenues and streets running so long, addresses are generally given with a cross reference along the city grid, e.g. 56th between Fifth and Madison (“56th Street between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue”).
To The Point: Contrary to stereotypes, New Yorkers aren’t unfriendly, but they are pressed for time which can seem brusque to visitors. Get into the swing of things and be just as direct back.