Shockingly, the Times Square subway station was not really crowded at all today around 3pm when the area was being closed down for tonight’s festivities.
Generally speaking the Times Square subway station is always crowded in the middle of the way. It gets even more so when there’s a major event going on up on street level. It actually can get a little overwhelming. If feels like a flowing river almost. You get stuck in a mass of people moving one way, and you have to strategically move into the proper flow to get where you’re going.
But as always, even the worst weather never keeps the insane revelers away. Even complete downpours won’t scare them off. So a little cold and snow certainly won’t.
Sometimes I think how much money you could make selling flasks to people as they come out of the subway on New Year’s Eve. Think about it. You could probably get $20 per flask of rum or whiskey easily. Just buy boxes of $5.00 flasks and cheap booze, and go to town selling.
Did you try to buy a new Metrocard this morning between 8:30AM and 10:30AM? Hope you didn’t try to pay with a credit card, because the machines weren’t taking them.
For unknown reasons, dozens if not hundreds of Metrocard machines stopped taking electronic payments. Not a big deal if you were going for a $2.00 ride.
However, if you were in the market for a new $82 unlimted card, chances are you didnt have that dough burning a hole in your pocket.
The issue seemed to have replicated itself again around the afternoon rush. I did see an especially long line at the machines this afternoon.
Around 6 p.m., at one entrance to the Times Square station, signs on the vending machines indicated that they were not accepting credit or debit cards, and a station agent opened the exit gate and ushered passengers through without making them pay. [City Room]
Can you just imagine all the sea of confused tourists flocking to the token booth?