So it’s your first trip to the Big Apple, but you’re a little antsy because of the reputation Gothamites have for being, well, unforgiving, and would like to learn how to blend in. Have no fear. Peruse these, some of the most common mistakes tourists make in New York City, and you’ll never again stick out like a hot buttered corn cob in the middle of an Iowa December. (By the way, never say that in New York.)
Many of the nations in Europe share a special relationship with the United States, a relationship of an almost familial intensity that can whipsaw back and forth from staunch allegiance and mutual respect, to rivalry and bickering, and back again on the slightest pretense or provocation. No wonder, then, that Europeans can spot American tourists in a heartbeat. If only there were a way that well-intentioned Yankees could somehow come to appreciate why it’s so.