Sub-Zero Morning Commute

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It should be illegal to make commuters wait more than 10 minutes for a train at the elevated stations when it’s this cold outside.

Of course, when the train finally arrives it’s packed tighter than a can of sardines. I was forced to wait for the next train, which arrived with three homeless men passed out. SMH

Feel free to post comments or share similar experiences, whether in NYC or elsewhere.

~Izzy

Commuter Incidents

Within this past week I partially witnessed two commuter incidents on the subway. On Monday, I was going home from having dinner with my best friends. I was waiting for the 2 train at the Times Square station. I had my earphones on as I normally do. Suddenly I started hearing a man wailing. I looked around me, thinking there might be a mentally unstable homeless man near me. They’re usually harmless but there are times when they snap & get in your face a bit. The wailing continued and sure enough I spotted a a crowd across on the downtown platform. I instantly thought, “Oh God, no…” There was a stalled 1 train and three EMT workers trying to pull up a man who was stuck in the gap between the train & the platform. A couple of cops were around the EMT workers, keeping the crowd at bay. What struck me was that other than the small crowd near the incident, no one seemed to realize what was going on, just feet away from them. I didn’t see the incident when it happened & I couldn’t really see the man involved, but I was glad for that. I felt horrible for the man, but I knew he was being helped & hoped his injuries weren’t too severe.

Then Thursday, I was on my way home from running some errands after my first work day of the year. As I was going up the stairs to the platform, I saw a woman laying along the side of the stairs. She was crying & moaning as a subway worker knelt beside her, keeping the forming crowd away from the narrow space by the platform edge. From what I heard from the crowd it seemed like the woman had fallen into the tracks as the train was coming into the station. They had managed to pull her back onto the platform & were waiting for the EMT to take her to the hospital.

I really hope this isn’t an omen of how the year will be riding the NYC subway.

Feel free to post comments or share similar experiences, whether in NYC or elsewhere.

~Izzy

Ladies Beware…

…of this man:

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He rides the uptown 2 train from 72nd St to the Bronx during the evening rush hour.

He approached me once on the platform at 72nd St, on my way home from my painting class. I had my earphones on, as I usually do to avoid chatters. He kept trying to get my attention, but I ignored him. Then he invaded my personal space, telling me he wanted to get to know me. I took a few steps back & kept ignoring him. That didn’t stop him. He gained on me & repeated that he wanted to get to know me. I told him I had a boyfriend, which is true, and he replied “He doesn’t have to know”. I almost three up in my mouth, but managed to reply that I wasn’t interested. The train arrived & I acted like I was getting on. I waited for him to board & quickly darted out as the train doors started to close. That took care of my inconvenience, lol.

Last Friday, on my way home, he got on the train I was in. I was sitting on the corner seat, next to the conductor’s door. There was a pretty, curvy woman leaning against the conductor’s door & this guy was standing at the passenger doors. He kept trying to talk to her but she wasn’t having it. He kept leaning in, almost on top of the person sitting on the fold-down seat across from me. The woman got off at her stop, clearly avoiding getting to close to this guy. Shortly after, a petite younger woman boards the train (you can see her distressed jeans on the left side of my picture). The guy had gotten his seat by then. Again, he started his sweet talk approach. It was revolting. I ended up getting off the stop before mine just so I wouldn’t have to witness any more of his prowling. I just hope never to cross paths with him again.

Feel free to post comments or share similar experiences, whether in NYC or elsewhere.

~Izzy