Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at 12:53 p.m.
Things on the subways are still snarled, according to update from the MTA at 12:49 pm. The agency is urging riders to take bus service if at all possible.
MTA executive director Eliot G. Sander is holding a 2:15 pm press conference to explain it all.
A Staten Island woman has died as a result of the storm, Mayor Bloomberg said.
The National Weather Service is investigating whether a tornado touched down in Bay Ridge.
Here's a few things Voice employees and readers observed during the hot, smelly, long morning commute:
An Orthodox Jewish man—who was not wearing any visible MTA gear—made train announcements along the F line in Brooklyn. "Don't get off at Fourth Avenue. The R Train is not running through the tunnel."
A conductor on the E train laughed—LAUGHED—when he took the train out of service.
A short play about the degeneration of society:
An F train that was packed to capacity was held at Jay Street/Borough Hall for spacing issues. "The train behind us must be waaaayy back," the conductor announced with a tone of bemusement. "Because they are holding this train for spacing issues. Want to get that spacing right."
Woman: You are pushing me. Man: I am trying to get on the train. Woman: Well, stop pushing me then. Man: Why don't you mind your business. I am just getting on the train. Woman: Well, it's my business because you are pushing in to me. Man: It will be your business when I push you again if you don't shut up.
Stay tuned for the story of the senior citizens who also almost grappled on the A train. And more of your vignettes from the commute from hell!