I keep saying how hard this place is to adjust to. But I haven’t mentioned two really cool behaviors that I have noticed since I have been here. Manners and chivalry are alive in New York!
- There is a coat closet at every office. Not only is there a coat closet…they USE it! They always ask to take and hang up coats! (every time I have visited an office for any reason this has happened) Now that I have been working reception, it is my job to take coats and hang them. I LOVE this! It is so impressive to me, and feels old-fashioned and sweet.
- Secondly, the elevator etiquette is so surprising. Men let women on the elevator first, and wait until all of the women are off before they exit. Can you believe this? I have noticed it every single place that had an elevator. All over the city. It is so charming to me!
I think these behaviors still exist because this city is so old and these classic manners are rooted as a cultural norm. These behaviors feel old-fashioned…because they are. I feel taken care of when someone takes my coat, and I feel respected when I get off of the elevator first. New York is making me smile today.