Posts tagged ‘Subway’

How to: Navigate the Subway (Letters)

120px-nycs-bull-trans-asvg1A Train: The A train can either be your best friend of your worst enemy. If you live downtown, then golly, that train sure is fast! If you live above central park, then shit goddamn, I hope you get used to taking a shuttle every weekend when the A train decides to mysteriously stop working on a regular basis. If you’ve got an Inwood commute, chances are you’ve almost slit your wrists trying to leave your neighborhood on a Saturday night. If you’re heading to Bed-stuy, your commute’s a little better since the JFK terminal is serviced by this line, which means more $$ for the MTA, which means that your swipe to Nostrand Ave isn’t so superfluous. Score.





April 2, 2009 at 1:01 am 5 comments

Obnoxious Subway Behavior

You know what really G’s my G? People behaving poorly on mass transit. This is clearly a big topic with us Googly-Eyers, as is almost anything relating to the subway. As residents of New York City, each of us rides the subway on a pretty much daily basis, and while we love it for it’s cheapness (relative to the cost of owning a car), environmental friendliness, and all-around convenience, it also subjects riders to being crammed into a small space with a bunch of strangers, some of them smelly and weird. Ah, the double-edged sword of the MTA, how I love you and loathe you all at once! So following here is my cumulative list of obnoxious subway behavior, in an effort to stop it and curb subway rage by creating awareness. If you do any of these things, you know who you are.

1) Leaning against the pole. I think Betty may have mentioned this in another post, and even if she didn’t, she’s been vocal about it on many occasions. The subway is a mode of transportation, not a strip club, and the pole is meant for a hand (or two, if you suffer from vertigo) not your entire skanky body. Even if your body is clean, fragrant and well-dressed, molesting the pole with it keeps other people from holding onto it. If the car is fairly empty, then lean all you want, but when the car is crammed and you’re treating yourself to a backrest whilst your fellow riders go flying at sudden stops, you might be kind of a jerk. So unless you want people’s knuckles and jagged hand jewelry digging into your back flab, save the full body resting for your La-Z-Boy at home.


September 23, 2008 at 8:55 pm 3 comments

Summer 2008: Open Invitation

I was riding on the subway uptown one late night in June. Sitting across from a blond, 20-something, I got the feeling I was being watched. I looked up, but he was just holding up his iPhone at me, switching his playlist as he listened through his headphones.
Or was he?

Thanks to iPhones, it has never been easier to take pictures of others inconspicuously. Instead of wearing sunglasses on the subway, I now just carry my slim friend in my purse, knowing that if something really good comes up, I can just save the moment for later…via permanent digital photos.

I present to you: the best of (my NYC summer subway travels).


August 18, 2008 at 9:38 am 1 comment

Personal Space Invaders

After reading an article about subway etiquette in Bust Magazine about leaning against the pole (and thus taking up all hand-holding space for other commuters), I too must list a concern of mine:




June 10, 2008 at 9:06 pm 6 comments

Betty vs. Stairs: ONE NIGHT ONLY

Outta my face CUNT (more…)

May 9, 2008 at 8:31 pm 6 comments

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