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Visitors Guide to NYC by Subway

It’s that time of year again when tourists flock to New York City to see magic the city takes on during the holidays! Though the city has, undoubtedly, the best public transit in the U.S., the Subway system can be extremely complicated to navigate for the first time visitor. Here are some basics to be […]

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As Spotted on the Subway: Mama Rat

Rats and the New York City Subway are synonymous with one another. They’re like two peas in a pod and are built right into the fabric of this great city. Despite the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA, the folks who run the Subway) best attempts to poison them away, these furry little vermin are resilient, surviving […]

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How to Clear a Subway Train

If you ever wanted your very own space on a crowded subway train, I have two words for you. Be homeless. Case in point: I boarded a crowded uptown 1 train on Wednesday afternoon and the crowd packed themselves in as sardines. But something odd was happening. Everyone immediately walked in and went left, leaving […]

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The Power of the DVD Player

The homeless are a New York City staple, particularly on the subways, where there is escape from the harsh wind of the outside world. Usually they wander the cars begging, at times accompanied by a sad tale or simply a cup with loose change. Many times, simply their appearance (male, long wild hair and beard) […]

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Riding Into History

Every year around this time, the MTA runs several “nostalgia trains” on New York City’s subway lines. In the three holiday season’s that I’ve been in NYC thus far, I had never seen one, so imagine my surprise when I stood at the downtown BDFV platform at West 4th Street on Sunday and heard a […]

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The Lady

New York City is a true 24 hour city, expressed particularly through it’s subway system, the country’s lone rail system that fully operates 24/7. With these odd hours come all sorts of odd people, particularly on the Subway, the great melting pot of the City. One recent ride to JFK Airport in the wee hours […]

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As Spotted on the Subway #747

I was on the 1 train this afternoon minding my own business when some woman gets on and starts talking…not unusual. But this was no ordinary person with a selfish cause. This was a young, clearly not homeless woman. She broke into a clearly prepared and showy speech representing, get this, PETA. She starts off […]

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