21 Rules To Living In New York In The 21st Century

New Yorkers live by a set of unwritten rules that allow all 8 million of them to not kill each other. These social norms are constantly changing as the city reinvents itself. Along with introducing New Yorkers to the reinvented PC this May 16-19 at the Experience Intel roadshow in Gansevoort plaza, Intel compiled the reinvented rulebook to living in NYC in the 21st Century.

1. Look up when you're walking!

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There are only like A TRILLION people and things you can run into.

2. Don't ask a New Yorker if they "have a minute for…" anything before or after work.

I’m late and then I’m tired.

3. Nope.

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4. DO NOT block the subway doors.

5. Cover your stinking mouth!

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This applies to coughing, sneezing, yawning, burping, and all other above the neck functions.

6. Use the trash cans, they're literally on every corner.

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Guess who’s not cleaning up after you? Me.

7. Don't forget your earphones and glasses if you don't want strangers to bother you on the train.

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This trick is professionally called “sensory masking.”

8. Show up to the movie theater an hour early if you want to sit with the people you came with.

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9. Everyone at Whole Foods needs to chill out.

There’s enough organic kale for everyone.

10. Be nice to anyone you know with a car so that you can go to IKEA.

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11. Have your Metro Card ready before you reach the turnstile.

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Ain’t nobody got time for your fumbling around.

12. Stay away from horse and buggy rides.

They’re smelly, they’re slow, and the horses will thank you.

13. Don't be one of those people in line for the Starbucks bathroom.

You’re better off holding it.

14. Want to go to Times Square?

15. Not Acceptable.

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16. Be aware of people's personal space.

This applies for bars, subways, stores, etc. That is… unless you like getting beat up.

17. If you have business to take care of at the post office… clear your schedule for the day.

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18. No, no one is making conversation with you on the street.

They’re hooked up to one of these monstrosities.

19. This is not how you pick people up anymore.

20. Squirrels rule the parks, you are just a visitor and you best keep outta their way.

21. Only the bold get cabs on the weekend.

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The more creative you get, the better.

Inspired by the greatest city in the world, the first stop on the Experience Intel roadshow.

A true New Yorker has to keep up with the latest technology. That’s why Intel chose NYC as the first stop of the Experience Intel roadshow this May 16th-19th. Join us and explore a series of immersive, cutting-edge digital experiences and performances—by notable artists and creative thinkers—that let you both imagine and experience how an Intel-based device is different from any other.

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