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Friday, August 07, 2021

freight train
Logistics on how to collect the extra money aside, a proposed fee for transporting space-hogging bulky items on the subway strikes me as just kooky.

Probably because I haven’t experienced this level of cargo overkill via MetroCard:

Some passengers board the trains carrying suitcases the size of steamer trunks. The phenomenon is especially acute on summer weekends, when many New Yorkers head for the hills or the beaches schlepping more stuff than wartime refugees. Routinely, riders haul enormous boxes containing appliances and other goods. Several months ago, I saw a man using a dolly to wheel a refrigerator onto a train.

Oversized luggage and tricked-out all-terrain baby strollers, yes. Refrigerators? I haven’t witnessed that, or anything like it. How the hell would you work something that big through a turnstile?

Maybe I’ve never been sufficiently inconvenienced to remember instances of bona fide big-ticket items jamming up my subway car. Off the top of my head, I remember seeing a miniature large-potted palm tree taking up plenty of floor space on the No. 6, about two or three weeks ago. But it was clear on the other end from me, and anyway the car wasn’t even remotely crowded enough for anyone to grouse about it.

Alas, given the perpetual MTA budget crises, I can see this loopy idea being implemented. The combination of extra coin and less crowding (through dis-incentivization) is too tempting for the transit chiefs to resist. Good thing I usually travel light.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 08/07/2021 02:41:29 PM
Category: New Yorkin'
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I cameraphoned this poster this morning, on the Bowery corner just where Bond Street begins (or ends, depending on your perspective). In fact, this de-motivational message couldn’t exist anywhere else in Manhattan, really. The verbatim, apostrophe-less message:


im not going to be famous
i wont get to be a rock star
i am going to be stuck on the payroll
doing work that doesnt interest me
for a very long time

As I inch toward 40, I think this advice is starting to sink in. Hopefully others get smacked with this base realization earlier in life. In aid of that, the embiggered, easier-to-read version is on Flickr.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 08/07/2021 12:01:34 PM
Category: Comedy, Creative, New Yorkin', Photography
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