Lots of Foreign Tourists this Morning

Posted on October 6th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in Tourists

Did you see a higher than average amount of foreign tourists on your train this morning?  I sure did.

There was a large group of what sounded like Swedish tourists on one side of me.  Then on the other end were a bunch of Germans.  There’s definitely no mistaking the German language.

I wonder if this is just a taste of what’s to come this holiday season.

I’m all for the foreign tourists (as long as they keep walking on the sidewalk).  Bring us your Euros!

When I noticed that the market opened -300 points this morning, I almost spit my coffee on my computer screen.  Way to go bailout.

The European economy is starting to feel the pain of our problem as well.  So it makes me wonder if we will see even more tourism than we did last year.  With our economy in the crapper, travel should be pretty cheap, right?

Domestic travel is certainly going to be down.  People from around the US are definitely not going to fly to New York for a trip, and spend $500 a night on hotel rooms.  So those rates will probably drop and get scooped up by international travelers.  

And the stores are going to start the holiday insanity sales even earlier this year.  So they’ll be here in droves to buy all our Levi Jeans and Reebok sneakers.

Of course, Europeans are fans of mass transit, so they tend to take advantage of the subway.  Combine that with more and more Americans leaving their cars at home in favor of mass transit, and we’ve got crowding.  It’s going to be “interesting” to see if the system can handle the load.

Did You See the Wrapped Shuttle Train?

Posted on October 2nd, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in Live Blogging On the Subway

The MTA just unveiled its fully advertisement wrapped subway train.

The shuttle (S) from Times Square to Grand Central has every single car wrapped from top to bottom, inside and out with a giant vinyl ad for History’s “Cities of the Underground.”

The Times reports that the vinyl costs $75,000 per car.  I don’t know if that’s just the cost of having the ad made or if that includes it running on the trains for a month.

That sounds like a lot, but in the grand scheme of advertising, that’s pretty cheap.  The whole train is probably going to run them about $370,000 for the month.  A single full page ad in the New York Times runs $80,000 to $150,000.  So this will probably be seen by just as many people and will gain press attention.

The Times has a photo, but I didn’t want to steal it.  If anyone has a picture of it, we’d love to post it.  Send it to submit [at] subwayblogger.com.

Thanks But No Thanks, Body Shop

Posted on October 1st, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in Live Blogging On the Subway

There’s a new ad on the subway that I noticed today for The Body Shop.  I’d actually seen it a few times before but never really knew what was being sold.

For whatever reason, I looked more closely at it today.

It is a sign with flowers.  Chamomile to be exact. The product claims to help you sleep better and wake up more energized.  (Can you say fish oil?)

Turns out, it is a aromatherapy “pillow mist.”  I’m not making this shit up.

It is a spray that you are supposed to spritz on your pillow at night.  The magical scents are supposed to make you sleep better.  Unless it’s chloroform, I’m not buying it.

That one gets chalked up with Dr. Zizmore on the Bullshit Subway Ad Wall of Shame.

Wesley Autrey’s Surrogate Son Shot in the Head

Posted on September 30th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in Crime, Deaths

Subway super hero Wesley Autrey is mourning the loss of his surrogate son.

Roy Huntley, 24, was found on a Manhattan street on Sunday with a gunshot wound to the head.  Police believe he may have gotten into a fight with his attackers.

Autrey told reporters he treated Huntley “like he was my own.”

F Train Likes it Deeeeep

Posted on September 29th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in Video

Deep underground that is. NYC the Blog provides this look at what is probably the deepest subway station in the city, the F train at 63rd and Lex.

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It is a rough day when those escalators break down.

Subway Newsstand: Worst Job Ever?

Posted on September 29th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in Live Blogging On the Subway

Possibly one of the worst jobs of all time.  Can you imagine working in a subway platform newsstand stand?  Having to deal with the degenerates of the city all day long?

The heat in the summer alone would be enough for me to throw myself on the tracks.

My biggest concern would be my health.  I’m sorry, but spending 8 or 12 hours a day on the subway platform cannot be healthy.

There’s so many smells and fumes, not to mention the lead paint and asbestos.

Someone should do a health study of workers that spend 8 hours a day down there.  It can’t be pretty.

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Nostalgia Train to Run to Shea for Final Game

Posted on September 26th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in This just in, Weekend

The nostalgia subway train ran to Yankee Stadium for the final game, but did you know that it is also the final season for Shea Stadium?  Haha.  Yankee Stadium is stealing spotlight bigtime.

Anyway, the MTA is going to run the nostalgia train out to Queens for the final Mets game at Shea Stadium.

The MTA sent me a press release with the details.

Fans, along with NYC Transit officials, will board the 7 train from the 42nd Street/Times Square Station shortly after 11 a.m. and arrive at Willets Point/Shea Stadium at around 12 noon.  A fitting way to pay tribute to the long standing stadium and the train that serviced it for 44 years.

Upon arrival at Willets Point, fans will be greated jams from the MTA’s Music Under New York program.  Yeah, Willets Point isn’t “under ground” but whatever, the music will be good.

So if you’ve never had a chance to ride the nostalgia train, now’s you chance.  Actually, it is probably the best time to hit because it is cool outside.  The nostalgia train has no air conditioning, so riding in the summer is a very sweaty experience.

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New Subway Light Bulbs

Posted on September 25th, 2008 by The SUBWAYblogger in Live Blogging On the Subway

For the first time, I noticed that the MTA finally installed new fluorescent light bulbs in the track tunnels of my subway line.  

My train was stopped midtunnel because of train traffic, and one of those single, white bulbs was just outside the window.  They even replaced the blue marker bulbs (that indicate power cutoff points).

Compact fluorescent bulbs replaced conventional incandescent light in tunnels because the compact bulb design fit the same sockets. Compact bulbs offer the same benefits as longer fluorescent light tubes and have increased tunnel lighting 500 percent with just a modest power increase of 11 percent. What’s more, since each compact fluorescent bulb consumes four-to-six times less energy than an incandescent bulb, the compact bulb yields 1,300 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over its lifetime of 7,500 to 10,000 hours. Overall, station and tunnel lighting upgrades have made stations and tunnels brighter, safer, more secure, and more comfortable, and save NYC Transit $4.8 million a year.

Wow…$4.8 million is pretty insane considering all they did was replace lightbulbs.  Think of the efficiencies that could be found elsewhere.

And when you think about it, the old bulbs lasted 750 hours before they burned out (31 days).  The new bulbs last up to 10,000 hours.  That’s over a year!  

So there’s a big savings just in the cost of paying a person to go around and replace the tunnel bulbs.

The new ones fit right into the regular screw in sockets. The tunnels are noticeably brighter too.

Ok, so yeah I know I just wrote an entire post about lightbulbs.  It was a slow day. But hey…you just read it.

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