Be mindful - NYC is a very busy and crowded city and New Yorkers tend to be in hurry and are very determined walkers. Tourism makes New York City go around. There are 500,000 to 1 million tourists in this city everyday! That's in a city of 8.5 million people with another 1.5 million commuters! Oh the importance of being mindful!
So rather than block the sidewalk or the crosswalk, step aside to look at your map or whatever other things you need to do. It’s just like driving, you wouldn’t stop in the middle of the street. Oh, and the respect you'll get for being mindful!