Category Archives: 5 train

Dreaded Derecho Crashes Commute

It was my first appearance on the dusty urban crucible that is the corporate softball field in about a year. The game was 5:30, on that field along the FDR Drive, in between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges–subways clattering overhead, … Continue reading

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The Fire Down Below

I was hoofing it down Park Ave South this morning, in between 30th and 31st. A glow from down below caught my eye–a fire in the 4-5-6 train cigarette butt wasteland 15 feet below. I called 911 from a pay … Continue reading

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The Infamous Subway Shoe-Licker

Video from the 5 train is here. Do not watch with a case of cotton-mouth. Commented an MTA spokesperson: “Ew, that’s nasty!”

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Looking Down on Subway Advertising

Maybe this has been going on for a while, but I never noticed it before: Ads running the length of the downtown-bound 4 (or was it 5?) train out of Grand Central/42nd. The ads were for Monroe College and said … Continue reading

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A 5 That Looks Like a 6

Why is it that the first trip to the city after an extended break is an awful ride that makes you wish you were still away? Metro-North was perfectly grand this morning, the 8:43 out of Hawthorne getting in to … Continue reading

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If You’re Not Part of the Solution…

9:30 this morning, huge crowd heading down to the 4-5-6 trains under Grand Central. There’s an ugly jam-up at the stairs. The 5 has just left, but it appears to have been several minutes since a 6 pulled in, and … Continue reading

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Labor Pains on the 5 Train

A couple funny transit-related items in today’s Dear Diary section of the NY Times. Dear Diary: I am a lawyer who often commutes to Lower Manhattan from New Jersey by motorcycle. On a Wednesday in mid-June, I was stopped for … Continue reading

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