Reader Contribution Du Jour: Subway Etiquette

May 18, 2010 ·
Filed under: Criminal Activity, Culture War, Manhattan, Street Art, Subway 

Melissa (who sent me the above find) writes:

I found this on the floor at a train station somewhere in Manhattan. I took it home, it is now taped to my wall.

I want to take a moment to thank Melissa for forwarding me this choice item. It made my day!

Miss Heather

Update, 7:12 p.m.: I have just received some additional material from Melissa.

She writes:

Credit where credit is due. I didn’t realize the bottom was cut off in the picture.

Credit given!

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Ode To The B43

May 12, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

If the bus
runs slow
to where you
need to go
just blow
this transit

— Manhattan Avenue at Green Street

Miss Heather

Quicklink: The L Train Rat

Those of you who are looking for a little lite entertainment and happen to be on Twitter may want to give this, the musings of a L train rat,  a look-see. If you do, here’s a sampling of what you’ll find:

i get so self conscious when everyone watches me look for food on the track

every once in awhile people at the 1st ave stop smell like delicious fried dough and i just want to kill myself

people seem to hate me 100x more when i’m rained on.

too fat to fit inside bottle 🙁 should probably go on a run to 8th ave.

Special thanks go out to Lisacat for bringing this to my attention. Check it out!

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Crosstown Local Selections…

March 21, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11101, Long Island City, Long Island City Queens, Recession 

(Queens style)

21st Street


23rd Ely- Court Square



Nurse Jackie.

Bunny ears affixed with duct tape. This taps into an electrical circuit serving the aforementioned sign.*

You know the MTA has hit hard times when they can no longer afford cable.

Miss Heather

*Seriously, WTF is up with this? You should go and see this set up for yourself. It’s amazing albeit in an abject, slumlord kind of way.

Crosstown Local Photo Du Jour: Spellbound

March 17, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11206, 11211, Crosstown Local, Subway, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

This moment of excellence has been brought to you courtesy of the Queens-bound platform of the G train at Broadway. Given that the Metropolitan Transit Authority cannot master simple bookkeeping, I suppose it should come as no surprise they cannot spell either.*

Miss Heather

*To clarify/reiterate; this tile work is new. Or is it? Apparently this is a source of considerable debate.  Richard writes: claims this has been there since 1937: But there’s some debate about it:

Apparently the MTA made a makeshift taped-on correction that has disappeared.

Only the best for the Crosstown Local.

New York Shitty Day Ender: Lost & Found In Translation

March 14, 2010 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, New York City, Subway 

From Mott Street, Manhattan

This (which hails from the Canal Street stop of the 6 train in Manhattan) is bona fide proof that New York City is still an international city— if not in subway service, at least in anger directed at lack of said subway service. Only the MTA could make this kind of racial/ethnic unity (albeit while employing profanity) happen. Mazel tov!

The use of sarcastic quotation marks is a nice touch.

Miss Heather

P.S.: Can anyone give me a translation of the Chinese annotation on this flier? My curiousity is driving me crazy.

New York Shitty Day Starter: To Whom It May Concern

Why is this gate open? Why hasn’t anyone seemed to notice this gate is open? I am hardly a criminally inclined person but when I see something like this I cannot help but think of bad things. Anyone seeking access to the Long Island Railroad need only simply waltz through this gate and lo, he (or she) can play Thomas The Tank Engine. Perhaps I am overreacting here— but I find this rather disturbing. It is a matter of no one noticing— or simply not caring?

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: Crosstown Local Selections

Rock out with style!

From 21st Street in Long Island City and Greenpoint Avenue in the Garden Spot of the Universe.

Miss Heather

East Village Photo Du Jour: St. Mark’s Place

February 21, 2010 ·
Filed under: Crosstown Local, East Village, East Village Manhattan 

Under ordinary circumstances I would have presumed the author of this missive to sport a bat or two in his belfry. But thanks to the MTA’s sterling idea to suspend both G and 7 train service this weekend my journey to and from Manhattan this evening was anything but ordinary. I’ll leave it your imagination, dear readers, to figure out who your truly thinks has a screw loose.

Miss Heather

MTA Photo Du Jour: A B62 PSA

February 17, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Who knew McGuinness Boulevard was so fashion conscious? I guess that’s Greenpoint gentrification for you.

Miss Heather

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