Escalators: Walk on the Left, Stand on the Right

If you miraculously find a working escalator somewhere in the New York City subway system…

1) Alert us immediately.  They are, in fact, an endangered species
2) Walk on the left side, and stand on the right.  Don’t be a dick and stand in the middle, or next to your girlfriend.

Folks, it’s a simple concept.  If you’re feeling a little lazy, had a rough night, have a bum leg, whatever…stand on the right side of the escalator.  Allow those of us that would like to walk on the left side to pass you.

If you want to ride all the way from top to bottom, no problem  Knock yourself out.  Just keep right.

Don’t believe me?  Tomorrow morning, get on the busy escalator and stand still on the left side.  Half way up, turn around and look behind you.  Be careful, you might get smacked.

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Escalator Service at 59th Street Subway 50% Restored

Well, I guess that’s at least half way cool.  It seems that the up escalator at the 59th Street/Columbus Circle station has been restored.  After what’s been about 4 months or more (?), that thing is finally getting back up and running.

Unfortunately, I can’t get on the MTA’s case for this because it is not controlled by them.  The escalators are actually run by the Time Warner Center itself.

What’s funny is that they can fix the mall escalator in a matter of hours.  Hell, it only took a week to install them new in the first place.  However, when it comes to the subway, it takes forever.

“Escalators Can Never Break…”

An escalator can never break. It can only become stairs. You would never see an “Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order” sign, just “Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience.”  – Comedian Mitch Hedberg

The late Mitch Hedberg had it right.

I wanted to write a post about the ridiculous state of the subway auxiliary services.  Unfortunately, it seems that WCBS beat me to it today.  Escalators and elevators are breaking down at a down right retarded rate.  Read More »