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A Moment Of Kindness On The Metro North

8 Mar

March 9, 2018

The Metro North is a northeastern regional train line. You buy a ticket and the conductor walks down the aisle and punches a card, which he sticks on your seat signifying at which stop you get off. I ride it every day and I usually get a seat but  on this night it was crowded and I stood.

Sitting not far from me was a family, a father and his young children. They were about five years old and very cute, reading books on the ride. But it was crowded and cramped and bad as it was for me standing, it was worse for the conductor who had to squeeze his way down the aisle and check everyone’s ticket and punch a card for each one.  So he could be forgiven if he just did his job and moved on down the line.

But he didn’t.

Wouldn’t you give this child a smile?

When he got to the family, he took some extra time with the tickets. While he made small talk with the kids (“Do you like the ride? Is it smooth enough?”) I watched him make a lot of extra punches in their tickets. I had no idea what he was doing but when he was finished, he handed them each a card which had a smiley face punched into it.

The kids were thrilled as only a little kid would be at getting a card with a smiley face punched in it. Their smiles were huge and they waved the cards in the air. They were happy, their father was happy, the conductor was happy, and I, who just happened to be looking at the right place at the right time, was happy too.

Look closely at the ticket in his hand.






The NYC Subway Map, By Allan Keyes, with additional content by Sam Taylor

5 Aug

August 5, 2013

Behold! Your new NYC Subway Map!


I think it’s kind of spiffy myself. No, it’s not geographically accurate by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s very pleasing to look at.  Just from a style perspective, it beats the old and busted current NYC Subway map:


I mean yeah, the new map will probably require total strangers with raging b.o. leaning over you in the subway car to stare at it for 15 minutes while they get their bearings, but look at the bright side! Well, whenever you think of what the bright side would be, look on it. And tell me as well. I still think it’s ok to suffer for art like this though.

Trivia question: Remember the “RR” train?

Now I’ll do the hack thing and put up some cool pics of various-era NYC subway maps:

Turn of the Century style:


1990s’ Party-Rock Style:


1980’s style: (Mets win the World Series YAYYY!)





Swinging 60’s


1950’s style:


And the one that started it all!



Bonus Trivia: Remember THIS???


And finally…..the world on the brink of the Metrocard



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