take a breath
A group of scientists at the University of Colorado School of Medicine recently released the first comprehensive study of the microbiological makeup of the New York City subway system. Their finding? The air underground contains pretty much the same amount of human skin microbes (and other stuff) as the air outside.
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Poor G train. Nobody loves it. It’s short, it’s unreliable, it has poor personal hygiene. It lives in a bad area. It doesn’t have as much money as those big fancy Manhattan trains. It rarely gets to mingle with other trains, save for a few illicit southern rendezvous with the F train.
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skip the salt
From big soda to big, err, sodium, Nanny Bloomberg usually pulls no punches when it comes to New Yorkers’ health. And while a string of aggressive P.R. campaigns may have failed to halt our chain-smoking, Sprite-guzzling lifestyles, if nothing else, they have provided us with some terrifying subway ads.
These ads include smokers with gruesomely amputated fingers, fat oozing out of soda bottles and sobbing babies born to teen mothers bemoaning their hypothetical lack of high school educations. Help us, Doctor Zizmor!
Apparently, New Yorkers are nicer than you thought they were.
More conscientious passengers than ever before are turning in lost property they’ve found stuffed under the subways and between bus seats, according to the New York Post. The uptick means that more forgetful riders are being reunited with their belongings.
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Straphangers have lost their lives underground at an alarming rate—and if the trend continues, more than 100 New Yorkers will perish by the end of the year. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who sounded the alarm about the startling statistic, wants the MTA to investigate the impending danger.
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Man Vs. Sandwich
Home of the $5 footlong, Subway has found itself sandwiched between two lawsuits. Three New Jersey men are suing the sandwich giant for defrauded their customers by selling “Footlong” sandwiches that were anything but, according to the NY Post.
Used-car dealer and Subway devotee Jason Leslie of Marboro, NJ, is one of the disatisfied customers. Read More
Reports from the scene indicate a man struck by the N train in Midtown on Monday may have been pushed. The incident occurred in the 49th Street and 7th Avenue subway station around 12:30 p.m., after the victim fell from the platform. He tried to climb to safety but didn’t make it. He was transported to Roosevelt Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
The station was evacuated after the incident and N, Q and R trains from all directions directed to bypass the 49th Street Station.
At a press conference at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan this morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo and MTA Chairman Joe Lhota announced most subway service in New York City will be returned by the end of the day. Notably for some commuters from Queens and Brooklyn, trains will now be traveling into Manhattan for the first time since before Hurricane Sandy struck last week.
“In literally under one week, 80% of the subway service has been restored from what was horrendous damage, and the worst damage the subway system had ever seen,” Mr. Cuomo said. “So that is just a great, great job. The service between Brooklyn and Queens and Manhattan is being restored immediately. The 4, 5, 6 and 7 trains will immediately begin to run. The F, J, D [and] M will run later this afternoon. The Staten Island Railway will have limited service beginning later today.”
At a press conference late in the night, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New Yorkers in the metropolitan area will have their public transit fares waved for the rest of the week. Of course, traveling into Lower Manhattan won’t be easy for Thursday, at least, where no subways are currently scheduled to travel.
“As a further encouragement to have people take mass transit, which is coming online piece by piece,” Mr. Cuomo began, citing the intensive traffic congestion problems plaguing Manhattan earlier today. “I am declaring a transportation emergency and authorizing the MTA to waive fares…through the end of the week, Thursday and Friday. So commuter rails, subways and buses.”
Update 11/1 8:22:As of Friday morning, there will be service on the M and No. 7 trains has been restored in Queens and Brooklyn, though there is still no subway service into Lower Manhattan. You can read more about the changes to the service here.
Original post: At a press conference earlier this afternoon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and MTA Chairman Joe Lhota announced that New York City’s subway system will restore service on a number of lines, leaving out a swath of territory south of 34th Street in Manhattan. Lower Manhattan was left out, they explained, because of the mass power outage in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
“It’s been an extraordinary amount of time and a lot of work and a lot of lack of sleep, but we’re going to continue to do it,” Mr. Lhota said. “Our goal is to, every day, get this service back to normal, back to the situation we were used to last week, and if not, even better.”
View the working transportation lines below, including other parts of the MTA, courtesy of Mr. Cuomo’s office: