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Oncoming Train Crushes Woman Trying to Rescue Her iPad

Let it go. (Flickr)

An East Harlem woman’s failed attempt to grab her iPad should serve as the ultimate reminder to never ever try to never rescue a fallen object — no matter how pricey it might be.

The New York Post reports that Aracelis Ayuso died Saturday afternoon after her Apple device fell onto the tracks at the Union Square station and she was squashed by an oncoming Brooklyn-bound 4 train. Read More

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The Comedy of Error Messages: Wi-fi in the Subway

Delays owing to signal failure (Flickr)

During a recent morning rush on the subway, something new happened.

At about quarter to nine on a jam-packed D train, as the doors opened at Rockefeller Center, my cell phone rang.

I was mortified.

First, I didn’t even know it was possible for phones to ring in the subway. Second, it seemed like the height of bad manners to be getting a call in such a crowded space. Read More

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Snooze on the Train Without Missing Your Stop With This Handy New App

zzzzz (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

We’re still waiting patiently for the long-awaited advent of the Second Avenue subway, an infrastructural punchline since semiconductors were a hot new thing.

But in the meantime, at least we’ve got our smartphones to arrest our sneaky hate spirals. There’s four days left to vote on the entries in the MTA’s AT&T-backed App Quest contest, and the 49 candidates are almost enough to make you forget about all the time you’ve ever spent waiting for the G train.

Almost. Read More

Whatta Town!

Just Because Neil deGrasse Tyson Uses His Laptop on the Subway Doesn’t Mean You Can

Work hard. (Photo: Reddit/Imgur)

Look, Neil deGrasse Tyson is a busy man. In addition to being the director of the Hayden Planetarium, he’s also working on making the Seth MacFarlane-produced Cosmos reboot salvageable, so naturally there isn’t a lot of time in his day. That’s why we can forgive him for this: A user posted a creepshot in Reddit’s NYC subreddit of the famed astrophysicist tapping away on his Apple laptop (natch) while on the A train. Read More

Metro Tech

Sprint Customers Will Soon Be Able to Use Their Cellphones At Underground Subway Stops

Soon. (Photo: flickr.com/anniemole)

Soon, Sprint customers won’t have to look longingly at others who are completing calls underground.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting the mobile company and Transit Wireless have finalized a contract to connect their customers at 36 subway stations in midtown and Chelsea by early 2014. The deal also encompasses Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile customers, since both use Sprint’s wireless network Read More

Metro Tech

MTA Debuts Cell and Wifi Service at 30 Stations to Distract You From Late Trains

~Waiting on the world to change. (Photo: Flickr)

Now social media editors can finally afford to leave their desks and shower. The MTA is announcing later today that it’s rolling out cell and Wifi service to 30 additional subway stops, including Times Square, Columbus Circle, and Rockefeller Center. Prior to today, the only stations that offered the free service included the C & E platform at 23rd Street, two stops on the L line, and several platforms at the 14th Street station. Read More

Crime and Punishment

Internet Commenters Help NYPD Track Down Brooklyn Subway Mugger

(Screencap: YouTube)

Yesterday a video of a 56-year-old woman being brutally mugged in the F train station in Brooklyn’s Borough Park neighborhood went viral. The video shows a woman descending the stairs into the station before she is pushed up against a door and hit and kicked. The assailant then empties her purse, grabs some items and chases after her through the station. Though the crime occurred on March 9th, the NYPD released the video with the hopes that viewers would be able to help them ID the perp. Read More