Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    There's More to New Haven's Dining Scene Than the Pizza

    In less time than it takes to watch, regret, then forget The Skulls, you can ride Metro-North to Union Station and explore New Haven's culinary secrets beyond the Gog and Magog of cheeseburger and clam pie giants Louis' Lunch and Frank Pepe's. Instead make a pact with your palate to discover the gas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Why You Should Take a 40 Minute MTA Ride to Juniper in Hastings-on-Hudson

    Last week, I wrote about my experiences eating Adam Starowicz's food at North River (166 First Avenue, 212-228-1200), a modish East Village restaurant that takes its name from a Dutch colloquialism for the Hudson River. Dishes like thin, juicy pork chops over bok choy and crawfish sitting in crustac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    De Blasio's New York: School Canceled, Roads Closed

    Welcome to de Blasio's New York: a magical winter wonderland where the streets are deserted and the schools are closed. The Long Island Expressway, which closed at midnight, is expected to remain closed until 8 a.m. Friday. Interstate 84 remains closed through 8 a.m. as well. I-87 is open to pass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    NTSB Removed the Train Union from the Metro-North Crash Investigation for Breaking Confidentiality

    There will now be one fewer hand in the all-hands-on-deck effort to find out what caused the Metro-North derailment. The National Transportation Safety Board has barred the Association of Commuter Rail Employees from further involvement in the investigation. ACRE general chairman Anthony Bottalico b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Was the Engineer of the Derailed Metro-North Train "Zoned Out" or Sleeping?

    As the facts surrounding Sunday's derailment of a Metro-North train add up, it's looking more and more like human error was involved. Sources told the New York Post and DNAinfo that the train's engineer, William Rockefeller, was either asleep or "zoned out" just before the train ran off the tracks.

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    After Metro-North Derailment That Killed Four, Federal Transportation Board Begins Investigation

    At 7:20 on Sunday morning, a southbound Metro-North train heading from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx, killing four people and injuring 63, 11 of them critically. On Sunday night, the dead were identified by the Metropolitan Transportation Authori ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 9, 2013


    Find fall color at the NY Botanical Garden

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    MTA: The Metro-North New Haven Line is Out of Commission Until Further Notice

    Turns out those wires running above train tracks are really, really important. The Con Edison feeder that supplies power to the overhead wire on the Metro-North New Haven commuter rail line went dark yesterday, shutting down the entire train service. Until further notice, the MTA advises that anyone ... More >>

  • News

    August 7, 2013

    Watching the Wheels

    Columbia planning prof and his students imagine a New York of bike shares and self-driving cars

  • Music

    December 12, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 26, 2012

    MTA's "Hurricane Plan" Calls For "Orderly Shutdown" If Frankenstorm's Winds Top 39 MPH

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) just sent us its plan for what it will do if the storm that's predicted to basically be the storm to end all storms hits New York City.For now, the MTA is suspending construction on almost all subway construction projects it had planned for the weekend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2012

    Medical Marijuana Comes to Connecticut

    For our Northeastern neighbor, it's a shame 4/20 was two weeks ago. This morning, after 10 hours of debate, the Connecticut Senate voted 21 to 13 on a bill that will legalize marijuana for medical usage. After already being cleared in the House, the "green" legislation heads to the desk of Gove ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    Rapping Train Conductor Plays His Heart Out on the Harmonica

    Who said train conductors were mean, boring stickler-ish types shushing you in the quiet car, punching your tickets through a thinly disguised veneer of hatred, and kicking you off the train after you pee drunkenly in the vestibule? Train conductors are fun, too! Some of them are even sort of comedi ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 23, 2011

    Holiday Guide: Heat-Seeking Victuals

    A five-borough tour of winter warm-up meals

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    How to Use Your iPhone in Westchester

    Here is a fellow casually talking on his old-world landline, which is attached to his new-world iPhone. Remember landlines, how good they felt next to your ear, how solid and sturdy and there? We were so young and innocent then! Don't you want to relive those days? This guy does.

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Smoking On Outdoor Train Platforms Now Banned

    ​Governor Cuomo signed a bill today that will ban smoking on outdoor train platforms operated by the MTA, including the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North. He said, "It is important that commuters are not unwillingly subject to the dangers of second-hand smoke while waiting on train platforms." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    The Wassaic Project is Happening This Weekend

    ​The Wassaic Project, the third annual art festival that fills a meadow with campers, turns a barn into a movie theater, and stuffs and a seven story silo with art, is happening this weekend. We went last year, and had about as much fun as you can have at a camping/art festival this side of Bl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Irate iPhone Asshole Goes on Tirade Against Bus Driver [NSFW]

    Well, every MTA rider has, at one point or another, been too close to a temper tantrum, but now thanks to the internet, we can all experience the unpleasantness together from the comfort of our own computers. Whereas the haughty NYU girl on Metro-North was laughably arrogant but unthreateningly angr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    One Metro-North Train Car Has Secret Wi-Fi

    ​There is, apparently, one train car on the New Haven line of Metro-North that has a secret. A secret called "Wi-Fi." Via Second Avenue Sagas, the MTA is keeping mum about which car it is because service is "not ready for prime time." Of course, it would be easy enough for a person to identify ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    The MTA Can Text...Sort of

    ​If you're a Metro-North commuter, the MTA will now text you train schedules and other important information as to the status of your ride. Well, not the MTA, exactly: A technology company named CooCoo is providing the service updates, which are already available for Long Island Rail Road cust ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Central Park Gets 9 Inches of Snow; There's Snow on the Ground in 49 of 50 States

    via @DevonGrandy/Twitpic​The snow count is in. We got 9.1 inches last night (according to numbers in Central Park, via NY1). That does not a blizzard make, but it's pretty, for the moment! No major public transport delays, though the MTA has issued a Winter Weather Service Advisory. In related ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    The Blizzard of 2010: We'll Be Telling the Grandkids About This One!

    Tompkins Square Park, through the snow.​Is there a name for this thing yet? Snowmaggedon? Thundersnow? Blizza-palooza? That day people were trapped outside of New York City, while those (okay, one or two) inside it actually skied to work? And the rest of us hunkered down and tried not to have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Snow Blows MTA's Timing on New Subway House Ads

    ​Late December probably wasn't the best time to roll out those new MTA house ads. Cars on this afternoon's much delayed A trains carried a new credo that made you stop and ponder a bit: "A city is only as good as its transit system," reads one sprawling card, part of the new "Improving, Non-st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Skyy Vodka's New Ad Features Woman-on-Bottle Sex; $80 British Navy Rum Now Available in NYC

    ​Skyy vodka is sexing up its image with a new ad that features a woman in red shiny tights and spike heels appearing to have sex with a giant Skyy vodka bottle. [USA Today] White Dog is all the rage these days, but people aren't just drinking it. They're also making it at home, despite the fa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    What You Drink, When You're Commuting

    ​The New York Times has offered up a rather fascinating exploration of what commuters drink while traveling on New York's various booze-serving transport options. And while we can only assume these stats on the $9 million bar car industry pertain to the commute home and not to work, we won't j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Breaking: Track Fire on Metro North (With Pictures!)

    ​Here's how New Yorkers are starting their week: with a huge fire on Metro North at Harlem River Drive and Park Avenue. Via the Wall Street Journal: "Metro-North identified it as the 138th Street lift bridge on the Harlem River. Train service was suspended at 11:45 a.m." Someone must've had an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Your "Wait, What?" of the Day: NY1 Can't See Their Heads in Front of Their Own Faces

    ​Blockquotes! Those magical parts of blog posts bloggers use to fill space with information they're too laze to re-purpose themselves: they happen. And sometimes, when bloggers like this one throw a paragraph in blockquotes, they're too blithe to notice the intensely "WTF" part of them they mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    MetroNorth and the LIRR Have Spent $300,000 Repairing People's Pants

    Howard Stevens leans on the same type of armrest that snagged his pocket a few months ago.​In 2002, the LIRR installed new train cars. Two years later, MetroNorth installed the same M-7 cars on the Hudson and Harlem lines. Everyone likes a shiny new train car, except...these "new" trains have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Your Unlimited Metrocard Is Going to Cost You $130 (Or More)

    This is suddenly a very expensive way to travel.​We knew it would happen, and it did: Subway fares are going up early next year, according to a plan introduced today by the MTA. One proposal might mean your actually unlimited (a/k/a, no caps on number of rides per month, a/k/a, unlimited) metr ... More >>

  • Music

    June 15, 2010

    Styles P Wrote a Novel

    The hard-boiled NYC rapper has found a new artistic medium for his badassness

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Coming Soon: Cell Service Literally Everywhere ... Starting With Grand Central

    ​If your dream of the future involves constant wireless connectivity and the ability to Tweet or text or update your Facebook status from, like, anywhere, your dream is nigh. The MTA has approved a licensing agreement to construct "a state-of-the-art, multi-carrier wireless commercial network" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2010

    MTA Wants High-Speed Wireless Internet on Metro-North and LIRR Trains

    ​According to the Post, the Metropolitan Transit Authority is asking for bids from service providers to make high-speed wireless internet available to riders on Metro-North and LIRR commuter trains serving Westchester, Connecticut and Long Island. The final plan may or may not be free to non- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2009

    More about the snow

    Queens in the snow​According to the National Weather Service, the snow is over (until Christmas, when we can expect rain, snow and sleet). After this, it's just going to blow around. Their last official accumulation numbers were 6" at LaGuardia, 11.1" at Kennedy, and 9.1" in Central Park as of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    The City Moves Forward With Plans for East Harlem Kitchen Incubator

    The city has put together some innovative plans to help people grapple with the recession in recent months -and at least one of them will please foodies all over the city. By the year's end, the city's Economic Development Corporation says it will outfit a 4,000 square-foot commercial kitchen in Eas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    iPhone App-Maker Publishes Train Schedules; MTA Demands a Cut

    ​Plucky commuter Chris Schoenfeld made an iPhone app called Station Stops that tells you when Metro North trains are scheduled to arrive and depart. He enters and updates the info manually from Metro North's timetables, which we thought was public information. But he says MTA, which runs Metro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2009

    Weekend Special -- Street Food

    All hail the lonely cotton-candy vendor, his wares umbrella'ed above him in pastel, particolored splendor. A harbinger of spring, he waits for the first children to arrive in the park across the street in Richmond Hill, Queens (click to enlarge). At 113th Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2009

    Happy New Year

    Peter McManus', Chelsea, shortly after midnight We'd been warned that Times Square could be hit with a "Mumbai-style attack" on New Year's Eve, so only about a million people showed up. (The celebration in Aspen, Colorado didn't fare so well, but they sure had fun in New Orleans.) On TV Kathy G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    Yanks, Mets Demanding Even More Cash Than Rod Blagojevich

    The blogosphere is hopping with news that the Yankees and Mets are looking to get additional tax-free bonds for their new stadiums. Read carefully, though, and you'll notice they aren't actually new: These are the same additional Yankees bonds that Assemblymember Richard Brodsky blew the whistle on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2008

    Pinsky Says New Yankee Stadium "A Home Run"; We Cry Foul

    After getting smacked around by Rep. Dennis Kucinich on Friday (that's gotta sting), city Economic Development Corporation president Seth Pinsky penned a Daily News op-ed yesterday to "set the record straight" on the Yankees stadium project. The Big Bronx Dig, asserted Pinsky, is a "home run" that o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2008

    More Advertising for Your Morning Commute

    Second Ave. Sagas reports the MTA is unveiling a "a fully wrapped Shuttle train sponsored by the History Channel" at Grand Central today. It's a first for the city, but the New York Daily News explains that this kind of thing has already been tried on Metro North trains; for example, "In an alcohol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2008

    How Much Is That Stadium In The Window?

    Baseball may be a game of numbers, but this is ridiculous: Sports fans (or just concerned taxpayers) who opened their morning paper today could read that the city cost of building new parks to replace those obliterated for a new Yankees stadium had risen 48% to $190 million, and also 122% to $288 mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2006
  • Film

    August 1, 2006
  • Blogs

    May 1, 2006

    May Day: Yes, They Could (Almost)

    Almost six months to the day, Kenny "the Megaphone Guy" Agosto was right where Power Plays last saw him: on buzzing Fordham Road at lunchtime, megaphone at the ready. The previous occasion was Freddy Ferrer's Election Day swan song. Today it was the human chain for immigrant rights. Agosto became a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2006
  • Blogs

    December 21, 2005

    What If You Threw a Contingency Plan but. . .

    Day 2 of the strike on Wednesday saw the opening of the temporary Metro North platform at Yankee Stadium, designed to offer a park-and-ride option off the Major Deegan. A mob of desperate commuters was expected: There were about a dozen cops, several Metro North employees, remote trucks from three t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005

    Cozy Commuting on the Metro North

    The Metro North station at Fordham Road is braced for a huge rush—there's a team of cops there, a line of metal barricades channeling people to and from the busses on Webster Avenue, and a remote van from a local TV station. Rides downtown are a flat $4, and you can pay on the train. "No penalty t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005

    MTA Strike: Long Treks and ($10) Dollar Vans

    Sancho Quinones, 35, of Fort Greene Brooklyn, was about to make the trek over the Brooklyn Bridge in freezing weather—for the second time today. New York City might be having its first transit strike in 25 years, but Quinones was determined to reach his girlfriend's house in the Bronx. The f ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    June 25, 2002
  • News

    March 14, 2000

    Mind Body Spirit: Walk on the Mild Side

    Enjoy the outdoors, preserve trails, visit historic sites, and relax!

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