On a Lighter Note

Harman discusses how much someone would pay to ride the NYC subway. Well, as a native New Yorker, I must say that this tells you how much things have changed. During the early 90s, NYC subways were horrific for all the usual reasons. One never left without the lingering smell of piss and grit. But that somehow gave NY character, like the smell of the stale pretzels from the sidewalk vendors and the NY Post blaring headlines never far from view on the local news stands. But pay for this experience? As a Disney… Disney! … ride? Things have changed. But not that much: take the IRT at 5:15 packed in like … well … like the sardines that the guy whose wet armpit your nose is pushed into smells like. Then add the fact that the train inexplicably stops for 15 minutes between stops with the lights off, just to give a push over the edge to the claustrophobes in the train. Then add in the wanna-be Wall Streeter on his cell phone yappin in your ear about how his Cousin Timmy from da Bronx just killed on that deal…

Sniff, I do miss that city…

Incidentally, JFK is a horrendous airport. But the newish JFK airtran is pretty good, and it’s better than the old days of switching three trains with luggage to get to the airport. Then there’s LaGuardia, which still lingers on long after its best days from the 60s are over.