Category Archives: 23rd Street

Straphanger Joe: Announces Sexual Misconduct

I heard it yesterday and then again today. It could be I’ve missed it before while in a straphanger fog. But two days in a row means it’s probably real and not an illusion. Yesterday I was on the F … Continue reading

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Straphanger Joe: Comes out of Hibernation

It’s been a while since I’ve really looked at the other passengers on the subway. Maybe that’s what winter does to you – it numbs you. Or maybe I’ve just been tired of people and there are too many around … Continue reading

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Straphanger Joe Plods Through Dogs Days of Summer

Dog and a Pack   It’s the F train but I’m only traveling from 23rd Street to 42nd for lunchtime yoga. The train’s not too crowded but I’m standing anyway. When I’m not teaching I sit a lot at my … Continue reading

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Three’s Company or a Crowd? Ask Straphanger Joe.

THE POWER OF NOW At 9:10 a.m. I enter the F-train from my usual spot: the no-man’s land between the two stairs going up to the main level of Roosevelt Station in Jackson Heights. Inside, a roomful of open seats … Continue reading

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Straphanger Joe and the Mystery of the Empty Seats

I got onto the F train at 23rd Street at 5:15pm–peak travel time on a Friday. The train was crowded, people standing in the aisles. I noticed a little oasis of space in one of the L-shaped orange benches. There … Continue reading

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