Ends of Eras
Love and Transit
Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg made his final exit from City Hall this evening, passing through a receiving line of cheering staffers that stretched from the doors of City Hall and down the street, bidding farewell before taking the subway home for the very last time as mayor.
“If I wasn’t happy today, I don’t know what would make you happy. It’s a wonderful time and happy New Year to everyone,” the mayor told Politicker with a wide grin stretched across his face as he made his way through the crowd, shaking hands. The event kicked off with the release of gold balloons spelling out “1″ “0″ and “8″–heralding the exit of the city’s 108th mayor, who was greeted with shouts of “Bravo”, “We love you!” and “Happy New Year!”
Are you one of those types that can’t help chatting to strangers on the subway? Really? Please never sit next to us. The last woman who tried to talk to use on the A train just mocked us for having the sniffles by asking “Do you need a tissue?” She didn’t actually have a tissue, but said “That’s NICE. That’s real nice.” Ugh, the worst, that one.
Still, we can definitely think of someone who’d be more appreciative of your efforts to harangue people you don’t know into taking down your information, and that’s the owner of TrainSpottings.com. She is currently looking for a new employee to spread misinformation as to what that name actually refers.
The message of Suzanne Collins’s YA series, The Hunger Games, seems pretty straightforward: Poverty is bad, capitalism is bad, having children fight each other to the death is bad, “reality” celebrities are bad, The Capitol and District 1 (maybe 2) are kind of bad, having nice clothing is bad, Peeta sucks.
But since Catching Fire and its subsequent sequels confuse that point with a bunch of other stuff (mostly CGI) corrupt the best of intentions, the original book’s themes can get kind of lost.
But that’s why we have Sesame Street to break it down for us.
At the very least, even if you aren’t planning to do a marketing tie-in with Catching Fire, maybe you should check out the title of the series and realize that The Hunger Games and “Footlong” don’t really belong in the same sentence?
The subway is about to get a whole lot more beautiful. Unfortunately, that beauty won’t be coming in the form of graffiti-free train cars or special air fresheners that kick in whenever a puking undergrad climbs aboard. Instead, it is coming via the revenue-driving new L’Oreal makeup vending machine in the Bryant Park station.
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The MTA is rejecting New York magazine’s recent claim that the number of people struck and killed by trains so far in 2013 is “on pace to set a grim new mark.” Read More
There’s a lot of things MTA dangles in front of our wary eyes to prevent us from going crazy, but we’ve might have just heard the craziest proposition yet: cellphone and Wi-Fi on moving trains so that we’re never disconnected from the outside world again.
The verdict is in, but hardly surprising: the R-train — stretching from Forest Hills to Bay Ridge — is officially New York’s worst subway line.
Only 56 percent of announcements made on R-trains are audible, compared to the 86 percent systemwide average, according to a new survey by the Straphangers Campaign. It’s the Read More
Look, Neil deGrasse Tyson is a busy man. In addition to being the director of the Hayden Planetarium, he’s also working on making the Seth MacFarlane-produced Cosmos reboot salvageable, so naturally there isn’t a lot of time in his day. That’s why we can forgive him for this: A user posted a creepshot in Reddit’s NYC subreddit of the famed astrophysicist tapping away on his Apple laptop (natch) while on the A train.