The NY Times’ City Room blog has a fun item about just what it would take to get otherwise normal New Yorkers (uh, oxymoron, perhaps?) to jump down into the subway tracks.
Of course, a man died last weekend doing just that, so this is no laughing matter. But if you were to drop something down there–keys, Blackberry, wedding ring–what would it take to get you to visit the Land of the Rats?
New Yorkers share their experiences. In short, it looks like small children and kickballs (yes, kickballs) are worth saving, while iPods and Blackberries are not. Comments one reader:
My friend went down to retrieve my kickball for me once. As soon as he went down I knew it was a bad choice. But in all fairness it was late night on the L train tracks and we the indicators to guide us.
I, personally, would not jump onto those tracks for any material object. I think I would go in after a small child or perhaps a puppy or kitten.