This is an easy way to figure out who are the tourists. Generally though you’ll only see it this exaggerated on weekends when there are a lot of them in the city, especially midtown. I was around Rockerfeller Center this last weekend and I was the only one crossing for a few seconds even though the street was clear. There were quite a few people waiting it out and then crossed. I’m not quite as hardcore as some of the other New Yorkers out there. Most people wait in the street instead of on the curb, but the ones who kind of scare me are the ones who cross so close to the cars that it almost looks like the back tires are going to run over their toes. I stay further back than that because it freaks me out.