Etiquette

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Why You're Free to BYOB in Philly, But in Boston It's Complicated

The Boston City Council is finally considering allowing diners to bring their own alcohol to local restaurants. Here's why this is even a debate.

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It's Time to End the Great Snow Umbrella Debate Once and For All

This urban etiquette question has an actual right answer.

The Portlandia Explainer on How to Order Coffee

"Go in with the graveness and seriousness of a court date."

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9 Super-Annoying Things You Do At Restaurants, According to Restaurant Workers

Pro tip: They can tell when you're faking that food allergy.

When Etiquette PSAs Go Wrong

In this absurdist sketch, a New York MTA train operator crosses the line.

A World Where Proper Mass Transit Etiquette Is the Key to Finding Love

For Valentine's Day, the Los Angeles Metro system offers up a love story and a PSA all in one.

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Dating Online? No Selfies, and Stop Talking About Yourself

New research reveals some unorthodox tips for setting yourself apart on dating apps and sites.

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Down With Selfie Sticks

Why you're better off asking a stranger to take your picture.

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We Asked, You Answered: Our Favorite Random Acts of Urban Kindness

Your stories evoked appreciation for not only strangers, but for your cities at large.

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The Idiot's Guide to How and When to Sit on the Subway

Transit etiquette for a #manspreading world.

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Send Us Your Random Acts of Urban Kindness

CityLab wants your stories of when fellow city-dwellers saved the day.

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In Buenos Aires, There's a Time and a Place for Smashing Things

Porteños have a reputation for short fuses. Enter the Break Club.

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How You Feel About Street Harassment Can Depend a Lot on Where You're From

Confessions and revelations from a Southern transplant who's accustomed to driving most places.

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The Social Side Effects of Mobile Wallets

I love Venmo. But could it harm my friendships?

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In Los Angeles, Can #Droughtshaming Go Too Far?

A giant waterslide is heading to downtown L.A., whipping up understandable ire from water-conscious citizens. But when is pro-conservation just anti-fun?

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Cyclists: Let's Talk About Shoaling

Why you shouldn't let inexperienced cyclists get under your skin.

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Why You Shouldn't Mock Suburbanites Who Say They're From the City

People have all kinds of reasons to use proxies for the place they're "really" from. So have an open mind.

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How to Take Pictures in Public Without Being a Jerk

Four seasoned practitioners give firsthand advice on etiquette for an Instagram world. 

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The Real Rules of Engagement on the Subways of Europe

This summer travel season, don't forget that metro etiquette varies widely between cities.