There are good things to expect of learning how to mask the appearance of a tourist you wear when in NYC. Here are things you can emulate so that you can look like a New Yorker although in fact you’re just a tourist. First, learn how a New Yorker walks. A New Yorker what he or she is doing. They know where they’re going. As such, their pace is brisk and has a purpose to it. They don’t stroll around; they take strong steps and are sure of each one of those steps. NYC’s streets are mostly one-way. A New Yorker would cross on a red light once they are sure there are no cars coming their way. A tourist, however, will wait for the red light to turn green before crossing. Also, New Yorkers have that tendency to walk on the right side of the sidewalk. If you think you cannot keep up with fellow pedestrians, take a step to the left of the sidewalk either to slow down or to stop altogether.
When it comes to pricing, New Yorker will treat offers from sellers, vendors, or gatekeepers as some kind of “take it or leave it” situation. If the price of stuff is too high for them and they don’t want to pay for it, they’ll just leave without making a fuss. You should also try to apply this. If you like something, you either pay for it or don’t, simple as that. Don’t argue with the sellers and certainly don’t offend them. Assume the similar assertiveness displayed by Native New Yorkers. Get your Metrocard ready for the swipe instead of searching hastily for it in your bag. And when you’re in a line to order something or anything, make sure you know what you want before getting called next. This saves so much time for everyone and keeps it all simple.
There is nothing more touristy than a tourist visiting a touristy spot. This applies especially to Times Square, a place so iconic it becomes an unofficial mascot of NYC. New York City is many things beyond Times Square. Locals don’t even flock to Times Square because they know that crowds will converge at this light bulb of tourist. And where tourists gather, people sell anything. Expect overpriced souvenirs you shouldn’t even buy in the first place because you could enjoy the other side of NYC with the same amount of money.