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The first thing to know about PLATFORM, the New York Transit Museum’s “show-and-tell for creative musings on mass transit,” is that everything happens at once. Well—not everything, but many things. It feels like a microcosm of Brooklyn nightlife in the twenty-teens: with so many different performances at the same time, how do you decide what to see? Do you wait to find out whether the opera-goers in the play “Caution, This Bus Kneels” make...
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It was the first week of August when I saw you, that time of year when the collective amnesia that we succumb to between June and September is at its least forgiving—when the swamp masquerades as a habitable city and those of us who have neither the sense nor the resources to evacuate do our best to tolerate the layer of grime coating our skin—and any surface unlucky enough to be at the mercy...
It's hard to say which subway ad campaign is, like, the ~most offensive ad campaign of all time~ (actually, no, it's not: it's this one), but what's not hard to say is that many of them—from the casually racist ad for a Bravo reality show to those incredibly graphic anti-soda campaigns—are not exactly what you'd like to be looking at first thing in the morning as you head into work. And the recent proliferation of explicit...
It's not your imagination: Subway service really was suckier than usual in 2014, according to a new audit by the state comptroller's office, the Wall Street Journal reports. Maybe it's because NYC subways are operated on infrastructure older than your grandma? The audit also ranked trains by on-time performance, which provides useful information for those who want to convincingly use the age-old New Yorker excuse for being late ("The trains were delayed").  The audit measured on-time performance, based on how often a train reaches the end of its...

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