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Amazingly Helpful GIFs of the Day: What Every New Yorker Should Know

Secrets and unwritten rules, illustrated.

It’s intimidating to move to a new city -- New York City, especially so.

Back in March, illustrator and t-shirt designer Nathan Pyle published a series of "tips and etiquette" GIFs to help tourists and newcomers navigate New York City. Now, he is back with a second set and even more wisdom to share.    

Pyle, who’s been living in New York City for about five years, writes via email that his inspiration for the series came from a love for airplane safety diagrams. But what about inspiration for individual drawings? Pyle writes, "Some mistakes I've made myself (breathing in the Garbage Scent Death Zone) and others I've seen friends make (mixing up Chrysler and Empire State buildings)." The usual process for creating these GIFs starts with a hand-drawn image, which is then touched up in Adobe Illustrator and finally animated in Adobe After Effects.

The first series of graphics had been so popular that Pyle got a book deal immediately. According to Pyle, most of the content in the book (now available for pre-order on Amazon) is still "super secret." However, he'll keep posting new content -- including graphics that didn't make the cut -- on the official Facebook page everyday until the book publishes in 2014. 

All images by Nathan Pyle and used with permission. 

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