On a lighter note, it’s not always strange people on the subway and some are even helpful. A lot of times, I have witnessed how New York people take pity on those they find staring at the subway map with a dazed expression in their eyes. However, the one time I helped out a foreign tourist I managed to send him in the wrong direction. He could still be wandering around Queens Plaza for all I know, so I’ve decided that it’s safer for the tourists if I stay away from them.
Note to self - Don’t faint on the subway:
What I notice the most is how people, including myself, tend to ignore the other people they rub shoulders with.
A friend of mine told me that a young woman fainted and hit her head on the subway last week and, of the 50 or so people that filled the carriage, only three stopped to help her. Everyone else was in too much of a hurry to get somewhere.
“I need a dollar dollar, a dollar is what I need”:
The entertainment on the subway can be a blessing and a curse. Sometimes the last thing you want on your way home from work is somebody singing in your face and asking for money but sometimes there are people who are talented dancers and the odd musician that can brighten up your day.
Being able to stand still on a subway is a sure sign you’re no longer a tourist.
A few weeks ago, my nose was assaulted by four Irish guys doused in after-shave who were stumbling about like Bambi on tequila. They were obviously new to New York and heading in for a night out on the town but they were all legs and arms and none of them could stand in the one spot for too long with the motion of the train.