Happy New Year 2016!

Hope you all enjoyed yourselves as you rang in the New Year & that you had minimal subway headaches, if any.

Yesterday, I went to my sister’s new condo for the first time. She needed help with my toddler nephew while she worked from home. My other sister & I got up super early to make the trek up there, since we had to take the Metro North in addition to our subway line. When we got to her station, we decided to cab it since it was a 20+ minute walk to her house. We ended up ringing the New Year there & stayed the night.

Coming back home we ran into a couple of hiccups. My sister was going to Long Island so she called a taxi to take us to the Metro North station. It took longer to arrive than the dispatcher had told us, but she managed to catch the express train to Grand Central. KM & I had to wait for the local train, which luckily was only 3 minutes away. We walked to the back of the platform to avoid getting on a crowded car. Apparently we went to too far back. When the train came into the station, the conductor told us we needed to go further to the front. We got on & settled in our seats. When the ticket collector (don’t know what else to call her) came to punch our tickets, she told us the train wasn’t stopping at the station we planned to get off. The station she suggested would’ve left us on the opposite side of the Bronx, so we decided to get off at the stop we used on our outbound trip. But that meant we needed to be two more cars towards the front, so we walked between the cars.

Once we got on the 2 train, we thought the rest of our ride would be smooth, but no. At East 180th St, the conductor announced it would bypass the rest of the elevated stations in the Bronx. Supposedly, there was another 2 train directly behind it. That proved to be a lie, the next train was a 5 in 7 minutes, with a 2 train estimated for 10 minutes. I was cold, tired, & starting to get hungry. We ended up grabbing some fast food after getting off the train & were glad to be back home.

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

Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas! As I made a mad dash to a Chinatown bakery for dessert to bring to Christmas dinner, I found a nice holiday token:

  
I’m not sure if it was left by the MTA or just a festive commuter, but it was nice to see.

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~Izzy

Two Missed Trains

I missed my train this morning. It was already at my station when I crossed over to the entrance staircase. I wasn’t even halfway up the stairs when a second train arrived. I wouldn’t have made it even if I ran for it. When I passed the turnstiles, I saw I’d have to wait 10 minutes for the next train. So much for getting to work on time.

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~Izzy

Shoe Tree

  
Someone flung a pair of sneakers onto one of the trees that my train platform overseas. I wonder if it’s to symbolize a death or to mark drug/gang territory. Growing up in the inner city, those were the reasons for shoe trees. Sometimes they were on street light poles or electrical wiring.

I remember there was a block near my Washington Heights residence that had trees full of sneakers. That block was notorious for drugs & gangs. It didn’t matter that the local church was just a block away on that two-block street.

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

~Izzy

Fire Escape Cats

Yesterday, when I reached the platform level at my train station, I noticed a tabby cat on the fire escape of the building at the corner. As I watched it going around, I noticed a black cat a few levels higher. They were just going up & down. There was no way for stray cats to get on those fire escapes, so they must belong to one of the tenants. I thought maybe they had left the window open & the cats made a run for it, but all the windows were closed. I called 311 to so they would send someone to find their owner, but the calls didn’t go thru. I didn’t see them today, I just hope they’re safe at home.

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

~Izzy