It’s not a lot of snow, but you can still break your ass


A light dusting of snow this morning might look like nothing to be concerned with, but you (and I) would be dead wrong.

As soon as that light dusting of snow comes into contact with the freezing cold metal plate on the top of the subway stairs, there is an instant Slip n’ Slide created.

I almost took a dive down the stairs this morning.  Luckily I slowed my walk down just enough before getting there.  Walking on the side walk, there was a light coating of snow, but it was by no means slippery.  Slick metal stairs though…that’s another ball game.

Who’s idea was it to make the subway stairs out of steal?  It’s not even like it’s textured steal either.  It has diamond pattern cut into the stairs like grooves, but that definitely doesn’t provide any traction. 

There should be something with more grit on the stairs.  Right now, most stair cases have been so worn out.  Actually, not so much worn as polished.  The steel actually is polished to a smooth shine.  They still have the carved grooves, but the elevated parts (where the foot meets the surface) are slick.

4 thoughts on “It’s not a lot of snow, but you can still break your ass

  1. Yeah the stairs are pretty bad but you have a bit of a typo. The metal is spelled steel, when you take something that’s not yours then you steal it from them.


  2. What is the slime that collects on both the steps and the platform itself? I’d swear, the whole subway is covered in it today. You can slip and slide from the stairs to the trains!


  3. There was water everywhere on the way home. On the stairs, in the stations, and especially in the trains. It was fun watching the water run back and forth as the train would speed and slow.

    At 14th St I watched a 6 train leave the station and noticed that it was kicking up water that was collected beneath it (there was trash covering the drain). Only a matter of time before that causes a problem.

    I have a question though. Water runs with gravity right? So are there pumps to pull the water out of the pipes and collect the drains under the subways? You would think if those broke (like everything else in the subway frequently does) that we’d hear about it.


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