Spotted on the Subway: 1) A man with headphones that clipped on THROUGH HIS EAR. There must have been a hole. I looked for a long time and I’m confident it was a clip that went around through the back of his ear (normally, connected to one’s head). But I also know that I’m easily… Continue reading
Yes please! Love the idea always of converting dumpy, unused, publicly-owned space to something amazing and rejuvenating in the form of a park. This old subway tunnel (below) is currently under the control of the MTA, so we’ll see if they can make a good decision (for once). Check out more on this project at… Continue reading Low Line Park!
This was sort of a brilliant scene. It was also a little insane how close we were on the other side of the track, and even more insane how close the people behind it were. Sparks were flying, literally. Yes, subway construction/repair seems to be happening all the time, but this was some intense soldering.
On The Q Train Tears streamed down her face, and her shoulders heaved in un- controllable spasms. She slouched heavily back when the doors closed, and fell backwards a little when they reopened unex- pectedly. The sob became audible with her falter and a snort, and judging eyes responded with stares under the guise of… Continue reading
Welcome to the NYC subway, where even the most highly frequented station can’t withstand a little shower, and even a shower can’t clean up the mess.
I hear this almost every day: We are delayed because of train traffic ahead! Please be patient. Or this: We are delayed because of a sick passenger at Canal Street. Please be patient. I see this on my Twitter at least once a day: I get stuck on a train for 10 minutes a stop… Continue reading If subways are delayed almost every day, something’s wrong.
Mission: get from work to New Haven at a reasonable hour to take my brother out for a birthday dinner. Problem 1: 25 minute walk with a heavyish bag and bad back is a bad idea Problem 2: subways have been messed up and would have involved a transfer Problem 3: midtown You can’t catch… Continue reading Most exhilarating NYC moment yet: the pedicab ride
With my now 2 week old bad back but generally ‘healthy’ appearance, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about who’s entitled to sit on the subway. If you’re clearly pregnant, or on crutches, or blind, people will often be quite generous and offer a seat. Even if they don’t, there’s a very visual reason… Continue reading Subway Seating Courtesy: a double-edged sword
If I can smell your perfume given my awful sense of smell, you’re wearing too much. You might not mean to have so little regard for others, but especially on those jam-packed, rush hour trains with failing air conditioning that gets stuck for endless minutes between stops, you make people very unhappy. It’s usually at… Continue reading Dear People Who Wear Perfume on the Subway
This is an awesome NY moment that I’m 100% jealous I didn’t stumble on myself. I can only aspire to make it happen again. thrillcox: Everyone now and then I find myself with a miraculously free Sunday where I can actually run some errands, cook, and briefly live life like a normal person. Today was… Continue reading via Thrillcox: Warning: This is a clichéd “I love New York” post