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12 things that never fail to annoy fast walkers in NYC

Ah, a brisk stroll through the city streets. There’s nothing like it.

But trading in the sounds, sights and smells of the subway for fresh air and world-renowned views comes at a cost of its own.

Here are 12 things that have at one point annoyed every fast walker in New York City.

Taxis nearly running you over making turns

Actually waiting for the right of way before
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Actually waiting for the right of way before crossing the street won't save you from nearly being run over by a taxi.

Zigzagging your way through crowded corners

Turn to the side, step forward, to the
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Turn to the side, step forward, to the left, to the right, one step backward... Turning on a crowded corner is an art.

Getting stuck in tourist mobs

Unless the royal family is shopping for baby
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Unless the royal family is shopping for baby clothes in Times Square, there's zero reason for a mob of pedestrians to clog up the sidewalks.

Random kids standing in the middle of the sidewalk alone

Where are their parents?
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Where are their parents?

People on their phones

You have no idea how slow you're walking
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You have no idea how slow you're walking with your head buried in your phone...

Maneuvering around baby strollers

8 a.m. isn't exactly prime time for you
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8 a.m. isn't exactly prime time for you to take your baby out for a leisurely stroll.

Cars actually splashing water on you in the rain

In a rainy day skit straight out of
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In a rainy day skit straight out of the movies, walking too close to the sidewalk to slide past sluggish walkers can actually result in a very wet remainder of your afternoon. Hope you wore your rain boots.

Couples who hold hands in the middle of the sidewalk

We've got places to be, people. Save gazing
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We've got places to be, people. Save gazing into each other's eyes for Central Park and let us pass.

Scaffolding blocking the street

Oh, you planned on actually walking down this
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Oh, you planned on actually walking down this side of the street? Not today... tomorrow or even next week.

Street hawkers trying to shove tourist ads in your face

We're not tourists and not on vacation, so
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We're not tourists and not on vacation, so quit trying to shove tour bus brochures in our faces while we're on our way to work.

Umbrellas.

If it's not really, REALLY raining, put your
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If it's not really, REALLY raining, put your umbrellas away.

Slow walkers in general

Pick up the pace people.
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Pick up the pace people.

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