1. Strategically jaywalk in zigzags so that not a second is wasted. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via ogmrwhite.tumblr.com The unspoken rule: If the light just turned a solid red, you cross really quickly so that you can breeze through the "walk" light on the next street. Careful about that new law though. 2. Tune out literally anything on the subway. Urban Chronicler / Via urbanchronicler.com Break dancers. Homeless people. Mariachi bands. It's all the norm. 3. Pay $700 a month to share a room via curtain partition, live in a closet, or sleep on the floor. Via worstroom.com Rent is so expensive. No one understands — except maybe London. 4. Camp out overnight for SNL tickets. Via nbcbayarea.com Everyone's done it for some kind of exclusive show. 5. Or wait in two-hour lines for brunch/Trader Joe's/Shake Shack. Via theharperstudio.com It's New York. Great food is everywhere. Why do we do this? 6. Craftily weave through the crowds to get on that fully packed 6 train. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Where there's a will, there's a way, and it usually involves contorting your body for four stops. 7. Lean over the yellow subway line to see if a train’s coming (as if it'll make it come any faster.) Via thenmyracreated.tumblr.com SO CLOSE TO THE EDGE. 8. Scarf down 2 Bros Pizza and then run to a party. Via leecas.tumblr.com Or eat while walking. Who has time to sit? 9. And then go through a million trains just to get to said party in Brooklyn. Nina Cosford / Girls Illustrated / Via girlsillustrated.tumblr.com Why not cab? Or not go? 10. Squeeze into super-crowded (but free!) yoga classes, which sort of defeats the purpose. Via the-way-for-slim-figure.tumblr.com Nothing is more relaxing than worrying you'll kick everyone in the face at Yoga to the People. 11. Watch TV shows in bars because Time Warner is too expensive/annoying. Via Twitter: @Videology And also it's fuuun. But mostly — who needs cable? 12. Pile trash on top of already overflowing trash. Adrian Covert / Via pacificvs.com The problem is that too many of us are trying to not litter at once? 13. Ride bikes in traffic, during blizzards, with no helmet on. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Extra points if you wear headphones like the brave soul pictured above. 14. Walk at super speeds to avoid anyone with a clipboard. Via yelp.com Step 1: Make sure they're looking at someone else for a split second. Step 2: RUN. 15. Or just walk really fast even though the people in front of you are taking their time. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Orion Pictures / Via amen-madonna.tumblr.com And then swiftly go around them even if you're not in a particular rush to be anywhere. YOU JUST CRAVE THE SPEED. 16. Commit to costumes on every occasion, and then wear them on the subway. Via imgur.com Halloween. Santa Con. Comic Con. The No Pants Subway Ride. People take their costumes seriously here, and there's no shame in it. 17. Wait for hours to watch the ball drop on New Year's. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com How do they pee? 18. NOT wait for hours to watch the ball drop on New Year's. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Then again, it's so iconic! Shouldn't everyone go at least once? 19. Listen to music while reading a book and standing up on the subway. Underground New York Public Library / Via undergroundnewyorkpubliclibrary.com Because above all else, New Yorkers are pros at making the most of a moment.