I’m doing my own 30 Plus Teams Tour of New York City right now .
I’m on my way to Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn for a sporting event .
It’s a hockey game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the New York Islanders .
Like many New Yorkers, I don’t drive anywhere .
I have to take public transportation from my house in the borough of Queens to get to Brooklyn .
This of course , means taking a New York City subway .
Even the train that I’m on now, the “F” train does go into Brooklyn , it’s not the section of Brooklyn that Barclay’s Center is located in .
The borough of Brooklyn is so big that if it were to break away from New York State, it might just be the 51st state.
So, I do have to transfer to another train, something that a lot of New Yorkers do quite often whether they’re going to work , school , a Broadway show, a dance club, or even a sporting event .
There’s no way around it when you take the subway in New York and you live in the “Outer Boroughs “, that’s Brooklyn , The Bronx, Staten Island , and Queens .
You can even transfer from a New York City subway to get the PATH train, but you do have to pay another fare.
If you transfer from one New York City subway to another, it’s a free transfer.
Unlike the PATH trains, the New York City subway is old, extremely crowded, and I’ve got to keep it real here, not very clean.
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If you happen to be in New York and take the subway to get anywhere , you’ll notice people eating everything from a bagel with cream cheese to sandwiches and even Chinese food.
They’ll also be drinking their morning coffee from Dunkin Donuts and eating snacks right in your face.
Don’t expect the NYPD or train personnel to tell them to stop because it’s New York .
It’s one of the things you just do.
You might even see people walking through the subway cars, begging for money.
You’ll never see this if you take the PATH train.
The New York City subway system , is old, very old, and the subway cars break down – a lot.
Many a New Yorker would be a billionaire for all the times we’ve heard this announcement when the train is either not moving or moving extremely slow :
“WE ARE BEING HELD AT THE STATION BY THE TRAIN DISPATCHER DUE TO TRAIN TRAFFIC UP AHEAD. WE WILL BE MOVING SHORTLY. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE . ”
My subway ride to Brooklyn was no different .
Like most New Yorkers, I know that train delays are a given, and that there are three sure things in our lives.
Death, taxes, and the MTA (that’s the Metropolitan Transit Authority) either messing up your subway ride by rerouting your train, the ever popular “track work “or making your ride longer than it needs to be because of mostly these four reasons :
1. Someone has gotten sick on the train.
2. A fight has broken out.
3. One of the rails on the train is broken and it needs to be fixed.
4. Someone has either jumped on , fell on, or was pushed onto the train tracks.
Normally, it takes 45 minutes to an hour or so to get to Atlantic Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn .
Not this time.
Try almost two and a half hours to reach my destination because my train was rerouted.
We New Yorkers like to complain about our subway system, how much it costs , why is the fare going up for such lousy service, and why are the subway cars so filthy?
In spite of these problems, we STILL take it everyday and we DARE any tourists or people who don’t ride it everyday to say something about it.
Basically , it’s a pain but it’s our pain in the you know what .
Still, thank you, MTA, for making my ride on the New York City subway so “enjoyable “.