Tip #1 – Stay Away From Metal Grates
Do NOT stand on metal grates on sidewalks. I learned this the hard way on West 4th Street. Waiting for a friend, I was approached by two hooded men on a street corner asking me to follow them into an alley.
Hooded Man #1: “Hey man, come down this way with us.”
Me: “Ummm… what?”
Hooded Man #2: “You a cop?”
Hooded Man #1: “No man… he cool.”
Okay, right there is where I finally came to my senses and fucking bolted out of there. After mentioning the story to some friends, they asked if I happened to be standing on a metal grate (which I was). Apparently, that’s code for: Sell me some drugs. Crazy.