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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.
FastCompany secured an interview with the mustachioed mystery man. Read More
There’s a lot of things MTA dangles in front of our wary eyes to prevent us from going crazy, but we’ve might have just heard the craziest proposition yet: cellphone and Wi-Fi on moving trains so that we’re never disconnected from the outside world again.
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.
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.
Photos of a small dead shark casually hanging out on the N train went viral this morning after Gothamist posted a gallery of them. According to witnesses, the shark was discovered around 12 a.m. when a passenger boarded the Queens-bound N train at 34th St.
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
Crime and Punishment
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.
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.
Good to know the MTA is putting the increased cost of our metro cards to good use: Fast Company reports that several stations are getting a high-tech new amenity. The agency has hired a design firm, Control Group, to design and install 90 touchscreen map kiosks across the subway system, starting later this year.
Just like with the subway pole, however, it’s a bring-your-own-Purel situation.