Priscilla Shay’s Guide to Surviving NYC’s MTA

This isn’t what I normally post, but *shrug* it popped into my head. I spend 5-6 hours on public transportation every day for work. I think it’s safe to say I’ve picked up on a few DO’s and DON’T’s for the NYC MTA system. You don’t have to believe me. But, for your well being and others, I’d say try to follow them.

1) There can and will always be “train traffic ahead” of you. You can be on the only running train in the whole state and there will be “train traffic ahead”. You can have a track built solely for your train. YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE TRAIN TRAFFIC AHEAD OF YOU. Always. DO expect train traffic

2) When in a crowded train, should you be standing near the pole in front of the door, there are a few guidelines.

A) The pole is long enough that you don’t have to touch the other person’s hand. Yes, your hand might slide or you get tired, but unless you’re on a train in the Victorian period and you’re trying to send subtle “look at me now touches” DON’T TOUCH THE OTHER PERSON.

B) If you hold on the pole too high, everyone will get a whiff of your crusty pits.Train 2B

C) Conversely, if you hold too low, you might get a handful of junk (man or woman). You might make a new friend, but that’s not how *I* want to make friends.

So DON’T touch anyone and DO keep your grasp in the general middle of the pole.

D)Also, shower. Don’t you get on a crowded train in the middle of ANY SEASON without showering. You smell bad. How do you think 50 people who haven’t showered all crammed in one car smell? Think compost pile.

3) If you’re transferring trains and walking between stations (for example, walking from the 6 train at 51st to the E/M on 53rd) DO STAY TO YOUR RIGHT. I don’t care what direction you’re walking in just stay to your right.

4) If you are taking the escalator STAY TO THE RIGHT. The right side is there for you to stand and enjoy the escalator as it was made. The LEFT SIDE is for those who will walk up the escalator (as opposed to taking the stairs to…the escalator -.-). That said DO STAY TO THE RIGHT or I will stare at you and judge you and I WILL laugh when the person behind you shoves you out the way to get by.

5) I don’t care if you’re a tourist or a native New Yorker KEEP UP WITH THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC. You don’t have to walk fast enough to get around the person in front of you. Just don’t be the idiot who stops in the middle of a steadily flowing stream of people. You will either be trampled or have your family cursed for the next 6 generations.

umbrella6) When you get on the train STEP TO THE MIDDLE. There’s no reason for you to stop right by the door. Other people won’t be able to get on and if I see you doing it I’ll kneecap you with my $7 pink frilly umbrella. Seriously.

7) EVERYDAY IS APRIL FOOL’S DAY FOR THE MTA. Oh, you thought your train was coming in 5 minutes? You checked schedule ahead of time? You checked the app for delays, service changes, and planned construction? MTA’s response? GOTCHA! APRIL FOOL’S! Even December is April Fool’s for MTA.

8) Sometimes the train will be so crowded *coughRUSHHOURcough* you won’t need to hold onto anything. Even if you lose your footing you won’t fall. You’ll just float there a little bit until the next stop when people get off and the other reposition themselves.

9) Finally, you and your bicycle or your washing machine sized box ARE NOT, I repeat, ARE NOT getting on the train during rush hour. Nope. Not happening. Just, no.

10) I don’t care if you eat on the train. I get it. You’re hungry. Sometimes you run out of the house without eating anything or you didn’t have time to grab lunch. I get it. I passed out on the train a few months ago and it may very well have been because I was hungry. But, don’t you dare open anything that has a strong odor that will cling to my clothes for the next three months and 15 washes. Have a bagel. Have a cereal bar. DO NOT PULL OUT A CUTTING BOARD AND START CHOPPING ONIONS.

Well, there you have it. Ten rules – gentle suggestions – to surviving the NYC MTA (at least while I’m on the train). Do you have any DO’s and DON’Ts for NY or other areas?

Spotlight: What a Reckless Rogue Needs by Vicky Dreiling

(I am a horrible person. I don’t know why, but this post didn’t publish when it was supposed to. So sorry!! But, here a Spotlight instead (review will go live once I’ve finished reading)

Triple RITA finalist Vicky Dreiling is a confirmed historical romance junkie and Anglophile. Frequent business trips to the UK allowed her to indulge her passion for all things Regency England. Bath, Stonehenge, and Spencer House are among her favorite places. She is, however, truly sorry for accidentally setting off a security alarm in Windsor Castle. That unfortunate incident led her British colleagues to nickname her “Trouble.” Vicky is a native Texan and holds degrees in English literature and marketing.

What a Reckless Rogue Needs


Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, has no desire to wed, this season or any other. So when his father demands he give up his wild ways and take a wife, Colin refuses. But his father raises the stakes and threatens to sell the ancestral home if Colin doesn’t comply. Now Colin has no choice but to find a wife. Unfortunately, the only woman he wants is the one whose heart he broke years ago.


Regardless of the ton’s whispers, Lady Angeline Brenham won’t settle for anything less than true love. After rejecting more than her share of suitable suitors, spinsterhood looms before her-until the devilishly handsome Colin reappears in her life with a proposition. Angeline vows to keep her feet on the ground and her heart in check. That is, until one searing kiss melts her resolve and reignites a burning desire for more . ..


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