This is an image taken directly from the New York City MTA of what one of the downtown subway stations looks like post-Hurricane Sandy. That’s an entire subway tunnel full of water — and salt water at that — which rusts out subway trains and tracks, leaving them non-functioning. Whoa boy.
One of the perks of being a celebrity is that no matter what you want to do and where you want to go, there is someone willing to drive you in the privacy of an air-conditioned car, without any pesky commoners invading your personal, famous bubble. That is why it is kind of awesome when a celebrity is spotted riding public transportation. How normal! For instance, Jay-Z hopped the R train from his digs in Manhattan’s posh Tribeca ‘hood to Brooklyn this weekend for his last concert at the new Barclays Center. (Certain beyotches named Amelia were in the audience. Madly jealous. Sore subject.) Of course Jay was accompanied by plainclothes cops and his own security team. It’s not like he rides the subway like us normal folks. [MissInfo.tv]
In addition to being better for the environment, public transportation is often more efficient and quicker than fighting traffic. Plus, it’s just kind cool to see celebs “out in the wild,” clutching filthy subway poles and giving the stink eye to rude multi-seat hoggers with the rest of us. Here are a bunch more celebs spotted on public transpo!
So often we hear about public transit disasters, so it’s nice to actually hear a positive story about the New York subway system. Conductor John Ross was pulling the Franklin Shuttle train out of the Brooklyn Botanical station when he spotted a small, helpless kitten on the tracks. The cat was apparently imitating Drunk Me and had gotten its head stuck in a bag of Sun Chips, and was struggling to break free. “I figured it may be a cruel trick by some kids — or the cat might be trying to get some food,” said Ross, who stopped the whole friggin’ train and removed the offending bag from the cat’s head.The cat then ran off happily, hopefully, to pilfer some French fries from a fast food dumpster or something.
Ross was also recently commended for his assistance in a 2009 stabbing incident. He pulled an attacker off of a stabbed man, and tackled the suspect when he tried to flee. So ,this guy is basically a real life superhero. Good work, John Ross! [Gothamist]
I am proud of myself when I kill a spider without bursting into tears and shrieking. So I can’t imagine what it must be like to give birth on a subway car. Alone. In the middle of the night. But that’s exactly what Wanda Dueno, 24, of Philadelphia did two nights ago. While visiting family in New York City and heading to her sister’s house at 1:30a.m., Dueno started going into labor. Keep reading »
Last month, New York group Improv Everywhere held the 11th Annual No Pants Subway Ride, a day to ride around mass transportation with your undies waving in the wind. This year, thousands of people in 59 cities across 27 countries participated in the NPSR, sharing their Hello Kitty thongs with the world. Here’s a glimpse of the New York festivities. [YouTube]
Ladies, need a hot date? Too bad this one’s mine. This helpful dating ad was taped up on a Brooklyn subway platform with some scotch tape and not a little bit of hope. Just in time for Valentine’s Day: Soda, or ice cream, or just, you know, a walk and some romance. Sounds pretty good if you ask me. [Happy Place]