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“The book is fantastic. . . . Hilariously illustrated.” (The Brian Lehrer Show, NPR)

“Useful observations about life in New York City . . . the tips work as well for tourists as they do for transplants.” (Associated Press)

“Every obsessive-compulsive New Yorker should circulate copies of Nathan W. Pyle’s “NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette”… For a newcomer, he gets it. His helpful hints are particularly sensible these days when people preoccupied with digital devices seem oblivious to everyone around them.” (New York Times)

“The hilarious cartoons in Nathan Pyle’s new book… are even funnier as animated GIFs. Pyle’s do’s and don’ts perfectly depict what makes New Yorkers tick.” (Fodor's Travel)

“Full of useful advice… do’s and don’ts… and sage realisms… NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette by Nathan W. Pyle is equal parts funny and informative.” (NewYorkNatives.com)

From the Back Cover

Living in New York City for five years as a transplant from Ohio, illustrator and T-shirt designer Nathan Pyle was fascinated by the unique habits and unspoken customs New Yorkers follow to make life bearable in a city with 8 million people (and seemingly twice the number of tourists). Nathan decided to draw his favorite tips and etiquette lessons and post them on the internet, where his 12 original panels went viral immediately and became the basis for this hilarious illustrated book (check out the fully animated ebook, too!).

In NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette, Pyle reveals the secrets and unwritten rules for living in and visiting New York including the answers to such burning questions as, which cabs should I try to hail? What is a bodega? Which way is Uptown? Why are there so many doors in the sidewalk? How do I walk on an escalator? Do we need to be touching right now? Where should I inhale or exhale while passing sidewalk garbage? How long should I honk my horn? If New York were a game show, how would I win? What happens when I stand in the bike lane? Who should get the empty subway seats? How do I stay safe during a trash tornado? Each tip is a little story illustrated in simple black and white drawings.

Visitors and newcomers to New York will love it because the advice is smart, funny, and not condescending. New Yorkers will love it for its strategic and humorous approach to mastering the daily chaos of the city.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062303112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062303110
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. Pyle has hit a homerun representing NYC. I am a native who lived in NY for 18 years and every page caused me to smile or laugh at because it was right on the money about everything you will experience in the city. I would have thought that he was also a native with how accurate everything was in this book. When I found out that he was not a native I enjoyed the book even more. The illustrations are simple but great and they add another perspective to the message that is trying to be relayed. THIS BOOK IS A MUST HAVE!!
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As a NYC transplant, this book perfectly captures all the lessons I had to learn the hard way! The graphics are captivating, hilarious, and will have any New Yorker (and non-New Yorkers too!) laughing out loud at all the quirky scenarios that we find ourselves in far too often in this wonderful city.

This makes a great gift for anyone who loves New York City. Make sure you get the animated eBook too!!
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The illustrations are ridiculously small. I had to enlarge and then close each illustration manually to read them. It took away a lot of the fun.

I'm shaking my finger at the publisher. Don't offer a kindle version if you won't bother to format it correctly. It made me mad enough to write a one-star review, but that would penalize the author, and be totally unfair. I wish I had ordered a hard copy instead.
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Via the streets of NYC, Nathan Pyle offers readers his smart and humorous insight into the social etiquette and personal idiosyncrasies of people everywhere. Stylishly illustrated and written for pleasure reading at home or purposeful use while touring the city, this book can be enjoyed by insiders and outsiders who are or want to become familiar with life in The Big Apple. -Anthony Cafaro
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The previously unwritten rules of surviving New York City have been brilliantly captured in Nathan Pyle's poignant illustrations. Pyle uses humor to offer very real and relevant advice for those both visiting and living in New York. I've been living in the city for about 3 years and found most of Pyle's tips relevant to experiences I've had myself. Pyle balances clever commentary on the everyday frustrations of city life with encouragement and a positive outlook.

If you or someone you know either lives in New York or plans to visit/move, I highly recommend buying this book.
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As a NYC "import" for 11 years now, this book definitely speaks to me. I think the tips he points out are dead on and I laughed at literally every page. As any NYC transplant understands, we are always getting e-mails asking for advice from friends/family about their upcoming NYC visit. For only $7, I think this book is the perfect book to pass on to those friends/family who are visiting.

Overall, highly recommend this really cool book!
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Nathan W. Pyle does an expert feat in articulating the problems and situations befalling the everyday New Yorker. This book fantastically welcomes newcomers to our wonderful city and gives natives and residents cause for celebration as we revel in what the author so poignantly and hilariously sheds light upon. Buy the e-Book and and paperback.
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I discovered the author through his Facebook page, and knew the book would be perfect for me. I was so sure, I bought two copies.
When they arrived, I sat down next to my sister and we started reading simultaneously-- I've been living in NYC almost ten years, she's been here 6 months. We both laughed and went, "Ohhh, yes!" and pointed out little bits to each other.
Then I put one copy in our guest room. Sure thing, the next guests we had were delighted with the book and mentioned how funny and helpful it was to them.
I'm just grateful the book is such a quick read, or I'd have to worry about replacing it every time a guest just *had* to finish it and walked off with it. ;)
It's funny, it's useful, the visuals are clear. I'm telling all my other friends-who-host about it, because it makes us look good to have something so thoughtful for our guests. ;)
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