Tag Archives: good manners

How to Enter an Elevator

Yesterday my post about How to Pass through a door was featured at Consumerist and since then I’ve been receiving a lot of suggestions about other graphs to do.

Benjamin Hershleder was even more proactive: he did one himself and sent it to me!

It’s interesting how simple things like that can sometimes be so hard to follow. Thanks for the collaboration, Benjamin!

Subway Good Manners

Another complain that I received this week was about people spreading their legs on subway, even when it’s crowded. It occurs specially on the new trains, because the old ones (yellow and orange) already have delimited seats.

So today my friends and I decided to improvise this delimitation with some tape. We took the L train until the 8th avenue station, waited for the cleaning guy to leave and started to tape the lines on the train, than quickly moved to other seats to try to disguise what we were doing.

I must confess that I’m that kind of girl who never did anything wrong in the childhood, so the feeling that I could be “damaging” public propriety was making me really nervous. Specially here in US, where you can be arrested for basically anything.

Anyway, we were seating and waiting to see what would be people’s reaction and I guess New Yorkers are already used to any kind of weird thing, but I was happy to see that all the limits were respected! At least this time! : )

How to pass through a door

Talking to a friend, we arrived to a conclusion that people here in NY are not very good in holding the door for others, and in case we do hold for them, sometimes they may pass through it without even saying “Thank You”.

Although it’s a very simple process, it may not be clear to everyone, so I created a graphic to illustrate it, and started by pasting it on the entrances of my school. If you feel the same and want to print one for you, you might download it here.

door sign


And thanks to Chris Choi for taking this picture! : )

Why “Thank You” Is More Than Just Good Manners

I just read this interesting article about the effects of gratitude in our welfare. Maybe I could do my next intervention with that in mind. Sometimes it seams to be a superfluous expression around here!

Why “Thank You” Is More Than Just Good Manners.