Summer is upon us. Please travel by cab; stay out of the subways and major bus terminals. The younger population of New York has become friendlier toward out-of-towners, and we realize how important you are to our economy. So we implore you all to take taxis while here. Cabs are here for your protection.
You are not experienced walkers. You screw up the whole rush-hour process.
New Yorkers, with our trained eyes, judge the distance, speed and confidence of others walking toward us. Using very slight eye contact and choreographed toe turns, we miss one another by milliseconds. We do not expect a nod of approval, nor do we get one, but by working together we get safely home to our families. Usually we can spot visitors, and save their rears from being crushed. Sometimes not.
Last month I saw people strewn about in the Port Authority Bus Terminal. I asked a Transit Authority police officer, “Is that stretcher for out-of-towners?”
She replied, “Will somebody, anybody, write a warning to all out-of-towners and hammer into their heads the importance of using cabs during rush hour?”