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April 23, 2010

I wish to register a complaint against the riders of the NYC subway. Ok, there are quite a few I wish to register (chicken bones under the seat, fingernail clipping, the complete disregard for anyone who might be exiting or entering a train, homeless guys who smell like buckets of ammonia, etc.) but today, I am thinking of one in particular.

There are a number of stations where the entrance/exits are quite small, a simple staircase up to the street wide enough for only two. When you exit the train at one of these stations any time around rush hour there is always a slow moving crowd dragging itself up and out. But, there is also always some jackass pushing against the crowd trying to get down into the station. Slowing everybody down. I don’t understand this; if there is a big crowd coming out of the station that means that a train recently arrived and, presumably, has left, there is nothing down there, we all just got off a now departed subway. Why not stand by the top of the stairs, wait for the crowd to thin out and then walk calmly and comfortably down? Are these people in such a rush to hang out on the platform? are they anxious to count the pennies and rats on the tracks? Maybe, but I don’t think so. I think they just move with unthinking rudeness, guided by an all too common attitude that says, “why would I give a shit about anyone else”.

Sometimes, it feels like the City’s motto.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Fat Al permalink*
    April 23, 2010 9:30 am

    Not to be contrary, but have you really never seen trains arrive back-to-back? It’s not like the MTA is good at keeping its trains evenly spaced. How about chastizing people for failing to observe the basic convention of keeping to the right in 2-way pedestrian traffic?

  2. jco permalink
    April 23, 2010 10:47 am

    A couple of times a week at the 50th street station I stand there stranded because the buffoons won’t let me come down the stairs (which to be fair are very wide, about four people across). And even though they all just got off another train, maybe half the time another train comes right after, as I stand there and miss it. And then it’s ten minutes before the next train comes.

  3. jco permalink
    April 23, 2010 10:47 am

    but I’m not bitter.

  4. April 23, 2010 11:17 am

    I’m glad you’re not bitter Jco, bitterness poisons the soul. And Fat Al, sure, they come back to back on occasion, but they’re not going to catch that train because by plunging into ascending crowd the whole situation is thrown into chaos and everybody ends up being slowed down. Also, it’s like a death trap down there, with one tiny little exit. Let us out, I don’t want to die!!

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