07/30/14 1:01pm
2 train

No one cares for you, 2. via Wikipedia

Here’s a quick question: What’s the worst subway line in New York? The answer is usually, “Whichever one you have to ride with a self-styled Lloyd Dobler making eyes at you,” but today we have a different, more scientific answer courtesy of the Straphangers Campaign’s State of the Subways report card. That answer? The 2 train is 2014′s worst subway line in New York. Come on down, 2 train and get your crown made of dead rats, puke and various pieces of garbage! (more…)

06/23/14 1:33pm
subway crime

Trainjackings are much less likely to occur in New York these days, according to the numbers anyway.

Given that they’re isolated, often underground caverns full of garbage and rats, people might be under the impression that subway platforms are a place for crime. Turns out we should put those Warriors-era fears to bed though, because a the Daily News looked at data covering subway crime from 2008 to 2013 and it turns out that unless someone beats you up or robs you at the Broad Channel A station, there hasn’t been a ton of subway crime over the last five years. (more…)

03/05/14 4:06pm
mini metro

It’s hard! Screenshot via author’s terrible attempts

Bitching about the MTA, like being miserable and treating other people like dirt, is every New Yorker’s God-given right. That being said, it’s not like we don’t know that it’s a very difficult thing to do, to run a gigantic subway system, and that’s even before you get a garbage human mayor more interested in raiding transit budgets than supporting them. Even the simple act of making the trains run and connect smoothly is hard, as the addictive and frustrating browser game Mini Metro will show you. (more…)

02/11/14 9:24am
efficiency passenger project

No, don’t tell them. via @EPPNYC

You’ve been riding the subway for a few years now, and while you didn’t start off paying attention to your ride, it’s no so ingrained in your mind that you know the perfect subway car to board the train for your most efficient transfer. You know it well, down to the doors you want to get out at, and you’re proud of this bit of not secret, but earned knowledge. But now some rogue subway signmakers calling themselves the Efficient Passenger Project are putting up unauthorized signs telling any old jerk the best places to board if they’re transferring.  (more…)

01/22/14 3:30pm
subway cat

Subway Cat knows what’s up. via A Fine Line

Even though by this point we’re all endearingly used to BuzzFeed’s particular style of writing, we still have some expectation of journalistic accuracy. Right? Among piles of “Facts you Learn in Your Twenties” and “Reasons These Animals are Winning,” yesterday the site dropped a “Definitive Ranking of NYC Subways.” At the bottom of the pile was our beloved C Train, and at the top was the Q, which just this weekend decided to not have service at all between Brooklyn and Manhattan. So, we figured, we’d let some cats tell you what BuzzFeed got wrong about their subway rankings. (more…)

11/01/13 11:49am
Oh so you're too good for mystery liquids now? via Flickr user Katherine Sharpe

Oh so you’re too good for mystery liquids now? via Flickr user Katherine Sharpe

Anyone who’s ever been on a subway platform can tell you it’s a sunny, bright place to sit down and have a meal, or lay down for a nap. Or so we thought. NYPRIG’s Straphangers Campaign canvassed every subway station in the city and it turns out our insistence that subway platforms are clean enough to eat off of might be wrong. But if there’s no gum on the platform, how will you know where to stand to board the train? (more…)

10/08/13 10:03am
It doesn't look like much, but let's see you look this good in your 50s. via Flickr user Mike Knell

It doesn’t look like much, but let’s see you look this good in your 40s. via Flickr user Mike Knell

With a 4-year reign as the Straphangers’ “Worst Train Service in NYC”, it’s not easy to understand why anyone would want to live off the C train. And when I first moved from living off the L to living off the C, I thought I knew what I had coming: mechanical breakdowns and long waits. Loud, rickety commutes populated by the fringiest of neighbors. Businesses I would only frequent out of necessity. But after 8 months of calling this little caboose and its territories home, I’m inclined to set the record straight. The C is AWESOME. (more…)

09/30/13 1:13pm
Most of the money came from a "crossed arms while waiting" fee. Via Flickr's drain.

Most of the money came from a “crossed arms while waiting” fee. Via Flickr’s drain.

When you dig around the couch cushions for money (and look who’s all fancy, owning a couch), what do you usually come up with? Some quarters and some old Fritos? That’s cute. You should try life at the MTA where you just might come upon a two billion dollar unanticipated surplus. Looks like the MTA selling candy car-to-car paid off. (more…)

07/22/13 10:30am
Oops, it's already happening. via Flickr user Adrian Kinoch

Oops, it’s already happening. via Flickr user Adrian Kinoch

Subway station names have pretty much been the same for their entire history, and they’ve also provided the same exact service for their entire history: letting you know where the hell you are when the train stops. But now that the MTA is open to selling more subway station naming rights, the station names could do more. Like say, remind you of the AWESOME times to be had at T.G.I. Friday’s. (more…)

05/28/13 9:56am
Should we tell them, or just leave them to their gross love? via Crushable

Should we tell them, or just leave them to their gross love? via Crushable

Did that headline make you itchy? Maybe make you go invest in one of those air masks people wear during bird flu? Sorry, it’s maybe a teensy bit misleading, but yes, a study of subway air quality really did find one billion bacteria floating around back there. No no no, don’t worry, there’s good bacteria and bad bacteria, remember? (more…)