Category Archives: Open Seats

An Open Letter To:

The woman “holding” the door open on the 5:27 yesterday. It was 5:23. That is an essential bit of information in this sad parable. I was hustling along the Track 29 platform, looking for an increasingly rare seat on the 5:27, … Continue reading

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Taking the Train From “Upstate”

Bike racks: Pleasantville 1, Hawthorne 0 I shook up my commuting routine a bit today, accompanying Little G up the road a bit to school in Priusville, where I was the guest reader and read G and his classmates a … 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 Masters the Scootch

The Scootch  What would happen if you sat down next to someone on the subway when the car wasn’t crowded — when there was space available to not be next to someone?   Here’s what I mean. You get on … Continue reading

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Happy “National Take the Seat With the Bag On It” Day!

Yes, Congress has decreed that today, June 18, is National Take the Seat With the Bag On It Day. What does that mean to you, the commuter? It means that, upon boarding the train and assessing your seating options, it’s … Continue reading

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Happy “National Take the Seat With the Bag On It” Day!

Yes, Congress has decreed that today, June 18, is National Take the Seat With the Bag On It Day. What does that mean to you, the commuter? It means that, upon boarding the train and assessing your seating options, it’s … Continue reading

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