"Straddle bus" = awesome →
Along with the recent New York Times article citing that cab drivers are much less accident-prone than their stereotype (you are more likely to be hit by a young male driving a private car and making a left turn), this makes me feel bad for cabbies. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/17/nyregion/17walk.html
A continuing NY Transit problem: having been a... →
Public Transit Adventure #10
With learning aids from overheardinnewyork.com so [sic] all offensive language… How Not to Hook Up in NYC Chick: I don’t get Spanish guys. They compliment you every time you pass them. They always say things like, “You have beautiful legs, in my country it is an honor for a woman to be told she has beautiful legs.” Well, you’re in NY now, honey, and I’m a...
If you are on Twitter and in New York, follow FakeMTA. Hilarity. Some examples: FakeMTA: The 2 train has entered a tantric ashram to study and perfect the art of the “delayed arrival.” FakeMTA: As part of our ‘go green’ initiative, late-nite G trains will be powered solely by imagination. FakeMTA: The L Train: Helping Ugly People Have Sex Since 1986.
Public Transit Adventure #9
This is the PTA of all PTAs, and probably the longest one I’ll ever write. Read if you are forgetful or prone to losing things, or feel like being annoyed at the MTA. Like many others, on July 5th I was returning from a weekend trip—in my case Washington, DC. Arriving in New York at night, I found that the L wasn’t running so I had to take a shuttle bus from 14th and 8th that...
a New York magazine article I'm still thinking... →
I kind of geeked out reading this article. I am pro-bus, especially if they are given the attention they need to make them a more reliable, affordable (to us and the government) service. They are more flexible, and easier to update in this age of constant technology improvement (rear-door entry? ::sigh:: sounds like heaven to me). Support the bus!
My former priest showed this to me. →
Travis Ruse decided to stop listlessly zombie commuting, and starting taking one picture a day on his subway commute. What he found, unexpectedly, was beauty.
Public Transit Adventure #8
Originally posted 9 February 2010 Ugh, I hate running to reach the subway then standing here stewing in my own steam. I hope I don’t stink. Do I stink? Let’s see…streeeetch…and sniff. Not too bad. Not like anyone’s going to get close enough anyway. My hand hurts, but I really don’t want to set my briefcase down. Maybe if I set it just to the side of the ...
Public Transit Adventure #7
Originally posted 20 January 2010 Riding home from a friend’s house, Lauren and I sidled up to our other friend to get her opinion on our current topic. As loudly as if we were in her apartment and not on a full, silent train, Lauren asked “Christy, do you think the guys on the L train are cute?” I get embarrassed easily, and subsequently shushed her. Lauren looked...
Public Transit Adventure #6
Originally posted 7 November 2009 One benefit of my work as a tutor—among many, many benefits!—is the travel. You want to “See the world”? Join the Navy. You want to “see the greater New York area”? Become a tutor! I’m not allowed to tell you anything about my students, but I don’t think a run-down of where they live would be too dangerous....
Public Transit Adventure #5
Originally posted 23 October 2009 Weirdest day on the subway yesterday. On the J towards Manhattan (I had to head to the downtown tip of the island to put my measly first paycheck in the only ATM in New York that handles my credit union. And cohabits in the federal building with the US Marine Corps, the NY State Bar Association and the US Environmental Protection Agency, among other...
Public Transit Adventures #3 and #4
Originally posted on 27 September 2009 #3 I have mentioned driving a bit on Facebook and elsewhere, and have to repeatedly answer the incredulous query “you have a car in New York?” The answer is no, I don’t, but I have continual access to one. Meet Zipcar, the innovative business that seems entirely run by and geared towards young people. Basically there is a flat...
Public Transit Adventure #2
Originally posted on 12 September 2009 Today on the train a perfectly normal-looking elderly woman with nice clothes and shopping bags took out a Harmonium and played “The Girl From Ipanema.” Only in New York. Also, I have recently been venturing into the not-so-public transportation method of driving, courtesy of Zipcar (ingenious service!). Yesterday I reminisced fondly with...
Public Transit Adventure #1
I am importing a series on an old blog of mine based on the happenings and mishappenings of New York’s public transportation as experienced by a child of the suburbs. Some will be good, some will be bad, all will involve me, a Metrocard, and New Yorkers. Originally posted 10 September 2009 Today I was juggling an Amazon.com box on the subway and a lady sitting down offered to...