Sorry, Everyone In Brooklyn, The MTA Won’t Be Refunding Your MetroCard

If we can learn anything from Taylor Momsen’s character on Gossip Girl (known for atrociously showing up to her Upper East Side high school armed with only “a bagged lunch and a MetroCard”), it’s that only people who live in Brooklyn take the subway – like, ever. Obviously, those NYU students in their cushy and cozy (sometimes very, very cozy) East Village apartments roll out of bed and directly into …

New Uptown 6 Train Transfer Offers Convenience And Potential Acid Trips For Riders

Well, that took long enough. After seven years of delays, changes, and other construction issues, riders on the B, D, F, and M trains are finally able to transfer from the Broadway-Lafayette Station to the uptown 6 train at Bleecker Street.The ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday was attended by numerous New York politicians, including Transit President Thomas Prendergast and MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota, as well as Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, State Senator …

Anti-Islamic Ads To Go Up In NYC Subway System

Starting this week, ten New York City subway stations will show new anti-Islamic ads from a new  campaign by “American blogger, author, political activist, and commentator” Pamela Geller and the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). In red and blue letters against a stark black background, the ad reads, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”Last September, Geller submitted the …

The Love Below: A Guide To NYC Subway Crushes

Inasmuch as every New Yorker believes that he/she is living a quirky sitcom, taking the subway is the “bottle episode.” All bets are off: The rules of the surface world do not apply! Children breakdance, usually. If you, like me, love to people-watch but do not like to be touched, subway crushes are perfect relationships. Everybody gets ‘em: A brief, typically wordless session of crazy-eyes tennis, then your crush or yourself …

MTA Fixes Will Mean Nightly Shutdowns of Entire Subway Lines Next Year

Next year Brooklynites will have more to complain about besides whether or not the L is running. According to the New York Daily News, the MTA will close large portions of subway lines in both Brooklyn and Manhattan from 10 PM to 5 AM for up to four days in a row for repairs to tracks and equipment.The commute curfew will begin with the 6, the first line to be repaired, between 42nd Street and either Bowling Green in lower …

MTA Considers Banning Food And Drinks On Subways

Enjoy your morning bagel and coffee on the L train while you can — the MTA just might ban both of those soon. As a video of two subway riders brawling after one complained about the other’s spaghetti went viral, MTA board members publicly floated the idea of banning food and drinks on subways altogether.According to the Daily News, however, the MTA isn’t really concerned that your 4 train falafel …

WSJ Doubts Your Ability to Use a MetroCard


MetroCards: hard, am I right?!? Always making you swipe again at the same turnstile or having insufficient fare. So bitch. It’s okay though, because the Wall Street Journal has the solution.

To kick off its new “Greater New York” (let’s-destroy-the NYT) section yesterday, WSJ got all servicey and included a MetroCard tutorial by Ralph Gardner Jr. It’s called, slimily enough, “Swipe It, Swipe It Good” and starts with a confusing anecdote about two Chinese mathematicians whose MetroCards didn’t work and somehow this led to them being taken to Central Booking by the NYPD (what?).

Notes from the Underground

Didn’t get enough of intriguing transit workers from the movie Pelham 123? A&E is coming to the rescue. The network, which seems to have an inclination to follow fascinating transit workers with their past series Airline and the current Parking Wars, is in the process of developing a new project about our very own New York City transit workers. The reliable MTA that gets us to our classes, jobs, …

Putting Your Feet on a Subway Seat? That’ll be $50, Please.

I definitely did not know this was a law, but apparently it is illegal to occupy more than one seat on a New York City subway. This includes putting your feet up or setting your bags down on another seat. Between January and November of 2009, the police have issued 8,700 tickets to people who have taken up more than one seat, which is a 17% increase since 2008. Taking up an extra seat is a $50 ticket.