Posts Tagged ‘subways’

The MTA has a new boss–Joe Lhota–and the guy has a plan to fix the subways. That’s a good thing.

I’ve been riding the subways my entire life and it’s true–they’ve become more crowded, less civil and full of panhandlers. It’s pretty intense down there…

As long as I’ve lived in NYC–forever–I’ve known some people who refuse to set foot inside the subway. They’ll take buses, drive cars, walk–do anything except ride what really is the most convenient way to get around this burg.

Commuting in NYC is not for the faint of heart or those in high heels.

One of the more curious sights on the NYC subway is the seemingly endless parade of women who, upon getting a seat, proceed to put on their “face” in full view of a subway car full of commuters, completely oblivious to all that’s going on around them.

They dab and dot, brush and eventually begin pointing sharp makeup pencils at their eyes while the subway hurtles along on its merry way. I usually close my eyes when the eye-liner pencils come out and pray we don’t stop short.

Paul McCartney wrote “All My Lovin” back in July 1963 while shaving or on a tour bus, take your pick. nyway, nearly 50 years later, I came across this group of musicians performing it in the NYC subway with more than a little passion.

Part of an ongoing series of New Yorkers on their way to work….    

From time to time, people on the subway will just start speaking out loud to themselves or to the person next to them whom they do not know of course. Today was one of those mornings. This strange guy was speaking to a woman sitting next to him. I felt sorry for her because it […]

Can you guess? I asked one of my crack researchers at the Transit Authority who gave me the answer.

It happened again this past weekend — two more people in the NYC subway system were hit by trains. One died and one miraculously survived. That’s on top of a transit report unveiled last week showing that 147 people had been hit by trains last year, a 15% jump over the year before. What’s going […]

One of the only ways to ride the NYC subways is to carve out a bit of space for yourself so you can feel, you know, reasonably human. If you’ve got a place to stand and read your book without someone hanging all over you, you’re set bud. But watch out for the wrong seatmate […]

The other day — on the way to the dentist, no less — I had one of those nightmare commutes. As soon as I walked downstairs to the subway platform, it was immediately clear it was going to be one of those days. The platform was packed. The F train, my preferred train, came and […]

I know, I know, it’s hard to believe. Why would a reasonably intelligent guy like me ride on the outside of a subway car and risk my life? The answer is that I did it when I was a young teenager and, on that particular day, I was obviously not thinking clearly. I still think […]

It’s easy to look back now and believe the evacuation of parts of NYC and the shutdown of the subway system was an over-reaction by Mayor “Third Time’s Not the Charm” Bloomberg BUT it was probably prudent. It’s hard though not to believe he took such a strong position in light of the abuse he […]

When did it become normal for adults to give up their seats for school-aged children and why isn’t it the other way around?

My summer commute…

Posted: 29th June 2010 in Uncategorized
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I hate commuting by subway in the summer. Yes, the trains themselves are air-conditioned but it’s almost like the Transit Authority board decided to make us pay for that bit of pleasure by making the platforms twice as hot. To combat what I call “platform fatigue” — the nearly unbearable, slightly dizzying feeling one gets […]

But who is listening???

When the smell hits the fan…

Posted: 21st December 2009 in Life, new york city subways

[Note: This is another blog written by a friend of mine, in this case Kevin Hayes. Like a lot of New Yorkers, Kevin is well aware of the smells of the subway which, depending on what someone is eating, can take on the aroma of a full-blown McDonald’s. In this blog item, Kevin attempted to […]

There are any number of lists about what to do in NYC but here is my first list of things NOT to do. Years of living here have taught me the following things tourists must NOT do: — Rent a Car. Unless you enjoy visiting the pound, NEVER rent a car in the city with […]

I’m talking about the humble subway turnstile. Really! Imagine if I told you that I was going to devise a transportation system used by millions of people each day and that everyone of those people would have to use the same way in and same way out — at the same time. What??!! You’d tell […]

Today at the West 4th Street station, I heard a woman yelling on the platform, and, for once, it was a sane human being. Very sane. She was railing against the coming NYC subway fare hike initiated the MTA, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. She wanted everyone to join the facebook page “1,000,000 People Against the […]

Hate dirty platforms, late subway trains, the rising cost of commuting? You can now create your own subway poster and vent your frustration thanks to a website called It allows you to write whatever you want in posters that look all too much like the real subway notices the MTA sticks on thousands of […]

Spotted this sign on the A train this morning. Love the extra input from some graffiti artist but I’m pretty sure the marketing execs at Bud might object…. <a href=”” rel=”me”>Technorati Profile</a>