• Blogs

    November 24, 2014

    Look Out for These Eleven New York City Scams

    December is the final busy month before New York sees its tourism dip in January and February, and with all those out-of-towners comes the opportunity for easy money to be made at subway stations, in Times Square, and even at one of the city's museums. So, with a month left before Christmas, we pres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2014

    Take a Bridge & Tunnel Staycation Across the Hudson in Jersey City & Hoboken

    Slip under the Hudson this weekend and you'll find that panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline are the least-enticing attraction between the cheese dives and art galleries, beer gardens and farmers' markets thriving atop every PATH stop. From the retro ethnic flavors surrounding Journal Square's M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    MTA Introduces Super Bowl Edition MetroCards, Announces Plans To Phase Out MetroCards

    Super Bowl Sunday is drawing near, and the first indication is the commemorative cards an MTA vending machine near you is spitting out. The Metropolitan Transit Authority has printed up one million Super Bowl edition MetroCards in all -- 250,000 each of four total commemorative designs, accounting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    MTA Discovers $1.9 Billion Surplus In Its Budget, Still Planning on Hiking Fares

    This weekend the MTA announced that it had uncovered a nearly $2 billion surplus in its operating budget. How about those scheduled fare hikes in 2015 and 2017? Despite the discovery of the surplus, MTA officials plan to go ahead with the fare hikes anyway.

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    The MTA Is Raking In Serious Cash From Your Wastefulness

    It's been almost exactly two months since the fare hike for our city's public transportation went into full effect. Overnight, straphangers' wallets were a little heavier, facing a permanent $2.50 per ride fee as well as bumped-up prices for weeklies and monthlies. And presumably, no one was happy. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    Wait, So What Happened With Bloomberg's Soda Ban? Welp...

    Yesterday afternoon, we were seriously busy writing up a post entitled "The Basics To Today's Soda Ban" a la the one we wrote for the recent MetroCard hike. It was meant to be a symbolic post, an end to the drama revolving around this damn ban and a settlement on its intended enactment this fateful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    The Basics Of Sunday's MetroCard Fare Hike

    On March 3rd, the MTA will seek budgetary revenge on straphangers. Sorry, it's happening. And we're being service-y because it's the only thing left to do before this fare hike takes effect on Sunday. So here's what you should keep in mind before you swipe your life away.

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    The Coming Fare Hike Aside, Your Pay-Per-Ride And Unlimited MetroCards Are Now The Same

    In a week, your MetroCard will be a little more heavy on your wallet. That's right; March 1st is the day the fare hike passed a few months ago activates. On that day, single fares will permanently rise to $2.50, weeklies to $30 and monthlies to $112. Yes, you probably know all about this but here is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Another Subway Death Solution: NYPD Tracking Of Mentally Ill?

    Okay, the platform doors, laser alert system and the advice for conductors to slow down were one thing. But this goes a little above and beyond that. Yesterday, news came that the NYPD, in accordance with the Health Department, has tracked down twenty-five mentally ill patients that have been deeme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    At Emergency Subway Death Hearing, Transport Union Says MTA Too Cheap to Save Lives

    Representatives from the city's Transport Workers Union say that the solutions to reducing subway deaths are simple, but the MTA doesn't want to spend the money. At yesterday's emergency hearing on subway deaths called by city councilman James Vacca, the MTA unveiled a large-scale public education ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Joe Lhota Gave Out A Few Raises Before Leaving; Who Said The MTA's Broke?

    These stories aren't limited to Wall Street. In a Daily News exclusive yesterday, writer Pete Donohue learned that Mr. Joe Lhota, the MTA-chief-turned-mayoral-candidate, handed out a few raises and buyouts before he stepped out of office this past December, totaling about $253,000 in cold, hard, mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Nothing's Fun About The Proposed MetroCard Fare Hike, But You Already Know That

    Every year or so, the story writes itself the same: The MTA needs more money to pay for the rising costs of Everything. Passengers get pissed. Proposals get thrown back and forth. Passengers get even more pissed. Fares go up. Passengers shrug, deal with it and move on.(The only curiosity in this who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Did You Lose Money On Your MetroCard Because of Sandy? Well, Sorry...

    On October 2nd, as a necessary measure for almost every Brooklynite, I bought a 30-day unlimited MetroCard for $104. On October 29th, Hurricane (Superstorm? Is that a thing now?) Sandy barreled through New York, crippling electricity, homes and, specifically in this case, the entire subway system. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Mass Transit Update: Here's What's (And What's Not) Running in New York City Today

    It's Day Three of Sandy's aftermath and, needless to say, New York is still swamped with flooding, power outages, displaced residents and, most importantly for commuters, public transportation shutdowns. We are told that it will take a few days for the City to be up and running like her old, pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Your MTA Card Will Now Look Like a Mini-Billboard!

    On January 25th, 1999, the first MetroCard vending machines were installed at subway stations across the five boroughs. Within a few months, the subway token was phased out of circulation as the simple swipe replaced the insert-coin-here system. We've had these shiny MetroCards ever since - whether ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Bike Share Program Hitting Streets in July; Mike Bloomberg May Actually Ride One...Once

    The city will officially launch its bike share program in July -- and Mayor Bloomberg might actually give one a least once. But that's only so that if someone asks him how it is, he'll be able to respond. "I will certainly pay and ride one," the mayor told reporters this morning, standin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2012

    Scott Stringer Tells the MTA to Listen Up On Demands of Elders and Disabled

    Forget NYU2031; the Manhattan Borough President has another bone to pick. And this one involves public transportation, both above and underground.In an open letter to MTA Chairman and Executive Officer, Joseph L. Lhota, Stringer chastised the agency for its "emotional, physical and financial toll on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2012

    Vandals Advocating Free Subway Rides Spawn Investigation; OWS To March Across Brooklyn Bridge; Pena Witness 'Disturbed'

    Police are now looking for a group of vandals that worked Wednesday morning to let subway riders at thee stations across Manhattan and Brooklyn ride free. The group -- wearing masks, hoods and gloves -- chained open emergency gates, taped over the MetroCard readers and posted signs that read, "custo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    City Tackles Drunk Driving By Giving Away Debit Cards Today In Queens and Brooklyn

    Free money! As part of its campaign against drunk driving, the city's Department of Transportation has launched a "Safe Rides Home" giveaway promotion with thousands of free taxi, livery, and public transit rides in honor of, what else, March Madness. It's a part of this slightly oddly-named init ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2012

    Occupy Wall Street Finance Report Reveals Money Woes; Press Team Unfazed In Statement

    Yesterday, NY1 brought our attention to the news that New York's Occupy Wall Street appears to be tight on funds, findings based on on a weekly report for March 2 posted on the New York General Assembly's website. The Accounting Working Group report reads: "at our current rate of expenditure, we wil ... More >>

  • Film

    February 29, 2012
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    January 14, 2012

    Enjoy Looking At Subway Rats? Play 'Rate My Rat'

    Did you enjoy looking at that picture of the giant rat in the Bronx Foot Locker? Yes? First, ew, and second, we've got the perfect quest for you. As part of their "New Yorkers Deserve A Rat-Free Subway" campaign, the city's Transport Workers Union has started a "Rate My Rat" contest.

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Floating Art Project Accidentally Shipwrecks at Rikers​A floating dome made of umbrella spokes and empty soda bottles, bound on canoes from the South Bronx to Inwood, where it would have stayed in a monthlong exhibit, was shipwrecked on Rikers Island this week, causing a commotion among corrections officers, who immediately confirmed that ... More >>

  • News

    October 19, 2011

    Globe-trotting on a MetroCard

    Shop till you drop? No, you won’t drop. It’s all right here.

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    There Will Be a Boardwalk Empire Subway Train

    ​Today in historical things that are kind of cool: You'll see a 1920s (authentic, vintage) subway train running on the 2/3 track for all the weekends in September. The train was originally used for the IRT system, and began service in 1917. Now its rattan seats and Prohibition-era detailing (c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    MTA's New Financial Plan Shows Fare Increases in 2013, 2015

    ​The MTA Board met this morning to present and discuss its newest financial plan for 2012 through 2015, a plan still in its preliminary stages. To everyone's likely dismay, it projects fare increases, but also promises no service cuts based on the budget. "[The plan] presents at least a fragil ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 13, 2011


    So long as they don't turn into Hal

  • Books

    July 6, 2011

    The Steal Walks Away With It

    Rachel Shteir tracks the history of shoplifting

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2011

    Free MetroCards; Gil Scott-Heron Dead at 62; Brooklyn Boy Mauled By Pit Bull

    ​Free MetroCards at Prospect Park and the Red Hook Park baseball fields today! Free shitty single rides, that is. Call me when someone will pay for my monthly unlimited. Oh, and a bunch of subway lines will be all messed up this weekend. [Gothamist] Spoken-word artist, poet, and musician Gil Scot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    1 in 5 Metrocard Swipes Don't Work

    "Metrocard Swiping for Idiots" via MTA​If it seems like you're always trying, and failing, to swipe your Metrocard, you're not crazy or even necessarily just really bad at swiping your Metrocard. According to info released by the MTA as part of a document detailing the benefits of new payment ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Download: Cerebral Ballzy's MetroCard Tantrum "Insufficient Fare"

    ​Brooklyn hardcore revisionists Cerebral Ballzy channel the splattery, skate-friendly tantrums of the early-'80s California underground--think Circle Jerks or Rich Kids On LSD if they had to live with bad weather. Songs titles like "Sk8 All Day," "Cutting Class" and "Puke Song" speak for thems ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    MTA Backs Down in Fight Against East Village Metrocard Artist

    Some of the artist's work.​On Friday we wrote about East Village artist Victoria, or VH, McKenzie, who had been creating oil paintings on discarded Metrocards and selling them on Etsy for $48 apiece. An MTA marketing intern, part of whose job it is to seek out unauthorized use of the MTA trade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Bench Made of 5,000 MetroCards Looks Cool and Uncomfortable

    via Co.Design​Where do MetroCards go when they die? Since there's no proof of MTA heaven (yet), we have to just assume they get tossed with the rest of the subway trash. How sad! Our little yellow friends that grant us access to all of the transportation New York has to offer are forgotten one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    SCOTUS: Making Up Fake ID That Turns Out to Be Real Not Identity Theft

    Ours is an age on ever-increasing criminality -- not that we commit more crimes, but that so many of our actions have been redefined as more serious offenses. Who thinks, for instance, that teens sending naked pictures of themselves to their friends is child pornography? Zealous prosecutors, appare ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    Bent MetroCard Earns 2-Year Prison Sentence

    Jonathan Mattocks lost his appeal and will probably go to prison for two years for bending his MetroCard. Apparently creasing the "primary magnetic field" on the card can fool a subway turnstile into giving you a free ride -- the MTA claims eight million such frauds a year, but that sounds like an a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    Cell Pic Creep Tries Again, Is Arrested

    They caught the W train molester whose victim took this cell phone picture after he abused her: Kevin Johnson, 30, was picked up for sexual abuse, harassment, disorderly conduct and marijuana possession. Turns out he was trying to harrass another woman at the Bay Street 50th stop in Brooklyn, and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    MTA Approves Fare Hikes

    The train has left the station. Photo (cc) Annie Mole. Well, that's that. Starting May 31: Single fare MetroCards go from $2.00 to $2.50. 7-Days from $25 to $31. 14-Days from $47 to $59. 30-Days from $81 to $103. Norman Seabrook was the only member of the MTA board who voted against it. On the pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    MTA Hearings, Like Subway, Overcrowded with Long Delays

    Nearly 100 people remained outside the Metropolitan Transportation Authority fare hike hearing in Manhattan almost an hour after it began on Wednesday evening, their wait caused by stepped-up security measures and what appeared to be the authority's failure to anticipate the crowd. "We've recently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Subway Fare Going Up To As Much As $3

    We've been hearing about it for weeks, but seeing it in black and white and bureaucratic language brings it painfully closer to reality: the MTA says that the upcoming fare hikes will "increase subway, local bus and SIR base fare to as much as $3 for cash fare on buses, single-ride ticket and/or Pay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2008

    MTA Reminds Us of the Days Before They Went Totally Broke

    First the MTA put Sunday "nostalgia trains" from the 30s through the 70s on the V line for the holiday season. Now, the Post reports, they're giving us vintage buses from the 60s and 70s. They've been fitted with MetroCard readers, but presumably you can open the windows. We doubt they'll let you sm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    Last NY Transit Bargains: Roosevelt, Staten Islands

    Yeah, the city's/country's collapsing and MetroCards will soon cost hundreds of euros, but you know what probably won't go up: the cost of a Roosevelt Island "red bus" ride. It's been a quarter since 1995, when it went up from a dime, Roosevelt Island 360 tells us; prior to 1991 there was no charge. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    NYC RFD: Times Interviews Lunatic; Also, Killer, Potter, Burger

    A man named Luis stands on a footbridge over the LIE in Queens and waves flags at passing traffic. He says he does this at other locations, describes his turf as his "office" and "university." "Luis keeps his last name, his age, and many other things about himself private," says the New York Times' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Midday Mashup: Shooting, Stabbing, Suing, Etc.

    Mayor Bloomberg's lawsuits against out-of-state gun owners may have inspired East Villager Calvin Gibson, who was shot by a schizophrenic man at Avenue D and East 7th Street in July. Gibson blames Craigslist in part for enabling the sale of a gun to his assailant, and is suing the website for $10 mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2008

    EZ Pass: Times Finds NYers Won't Say No to a Free Ride

    You may have heard about the MTA vending machines that were spitting out free rides for three years. Due to a computer glitch, a Roosevelt woman discovered in 2005 she could get tickets from one of the machines, despite having insufficient funds in the account to which her Bank of America card was l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2007

    Brooklynites Rail Against Proposed MTA Fare Hike

    Brooklynites came out to voice the anger at a proposed fare hike. The MTA will host similar hearings in the other boroughs, Long Island and Westchester. By Julie Bolcer “Fughetaboutit,” at least, for now. That’s what nearly 200 people told the Metropolitan Transportation Authority last nig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2007

    MTA Gets Set to Raise Fares

    When it comes to subway and bus fare increases, it isn't looking so much as a question of "if" but questions of "how much" and "when." Facing looming budget deficits, MTA executive director Eliot G. Sander said on Wednesday that the agency would seek to increase revenues from trains and buses, comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2007

    Ranking Your Subway Ride

    The Straphangers say even the best subway lines are only worth $1.25. Photo by Duddyfunk via Flickr The 1 train is indeed No 1. And the C and W trains are the worst, according to the Straphangers Campaign, which issued its annual Subways Report Card today. Despite countless hellish weekends of sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2005

    Strike's Over: What About My MetroCard?

    For those of you who are fretting the four days the transit strike ate into your unlimited-ride MetroCard, good news: Transit officials are urging customers to continue using the seven- and 30-day passes. Details: 7-day MetroCard passes will be extended for three additional days, and users w ... More >>

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