Don’t even think about it.

Gawker.com just posted a good article on Subway safety. I thought I would share.

A Guide to Subway Safety

  • Stay off the tracks – Luckily, I’ve never dropped anything on the tracks, but I have heard stories of others. From what I understand, it is a pain-in-the-butt and does take quite a lot of time for them to retrieve your item. Then again, you’re not dead.
  • Don’t lean over the tracks for long – I’m paranoid, so I don’t really do this. I figure the train is going to come whether I’m looking or not.
  • Don’t pee on the tracks – This has never been an issue for me.
  • Don’t walk between trains – I have seen countless others do this. It seems so simple. I’ve even contemplated doing it. But I haven’t.
  • ‘Surfing’ on top of a moving subway train – I leave this for Bruce Willis.

Rules of the Road

Artist Promotes ‘Subway Etiquette’ With Guerrilla Campaign

Look for the globes!

When you’re out roaming the streets, looking for a subway entrance, look for the globes. At night they are lit up to let you see them from a distance.

Just like traffic lights, green means it’s a go, red means stop, it’s not open. The subway is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but sometimes entrances are closed and you have to find another one.

Good luck out there!

This does not happen in the subway

I was watching Hellboy recently when I realized something.  In the below scene (which takes place in the fictitious Palmer St subway stop), Hellboy is almost hit by a train going full speed through a stop without stopping.  I have NEVER seen this happen. In lots of stations, there are two tracks: the express track, which is not accessible by the platform you are on, or the local track.

I have seen trains go through without stopping. This happens if there is something wrong and the train is out of service. In this case, the train will most likely honk the horn and will go through the station slowly usually with a “Not in Service” displayed where the train # is. Another occasion is late at night and again, the train goes through honking the horn and slower.

I will continue to report and de-bunk falsehoods portrayed in movies. Please feel free to comment or ask if something you’ve seen on TV or in a movie is true.

Surprise! New York City does have rats.

I know this is all about how New York City is NOT scary, but I’m sharing this anyway.

I can’t remember how I first reacted to the rats. I think I thought it was cool actually. Anyway, I was waiting for the train tonight and had one scamper near me and took a little video of it.

Here’s a 100% pure subway experience. 🙂

86 Street subway station

86 Street subway station

first thoughts…the subway

So you may think everyone in New York takes taxis everywhere. You hardly ever see people take the subway in movies or on TV. My guess is because its super difficult to film because people are on it 24/7. The subway is the greatest way to get around New York. It’s annoying at times, but can’t beat the price.  It’s $8.25 for unlimited 1-day,  $89 for unlimited rides for 30 days, otherwise $2.25 per ride.

  • If you are near a computer and know where you are going, then definitely get on hopstop.com and plan your trip. Otherwise get a map, free at booth inside the station, (mta.info) and if all else fails, ask. Most people in NYC are happy to help you if you ask. Know how many stops you are making to get to your next destination. Sometimes the train will announce what stop you are on, but don’t count on it.
  • You need a MetroCard. There are options. If you are in NYC for more that 3 days, and plan on going lots of places, then I definitely recommend the 7-day unlimited. You’ll never have to worry if you have enough money on your card.
    • Know what direction you are going. Stations are uptown or downtown. The entrance to the station may be uptown or downtown only. Make sure you check.
    • Express/Local. This can change at a moments notice (just kidding, kind of), but generally, on the weekdays, there are express and local trains. Express means they skip stops. Local means they stop at every one. Each line has a different color, but if they are the same color, it doesn’t necessarily mean they stop the same places. Only take a train if you know where it’s going. There is no schedule times. They come more often during the weekday, but run 24/7. If it’s really late, you might have to wait 30 minutes.


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