Years ago, New York City subway tokens were small penny sized coins with a 5 sided hole in the middle. I slipped one onto my key-chain as an “emergency token” in case I ever ran out of cash and still needed to get to the airport or something. I still have the token, but it’s more of a souvenir than a useful “get across town in a pinch” insurance policy. The days of the token are gone, my friend, it’s all about the Metro-card pass now.
The people are still there! I took the subway from my hotel at 53rd street and 3rd Ave. to the Bronx to see the Yankees play the Twins (see video). At one time, I know I was in physical contact with 6 different people. I literally couldn’t use my arm to dig my little video camera out of my pocket to get some pictures! It was 120 degrees F down in those tunnels, and with the crush of bodies… I don’t recommend it unless it’s something you’re used to. As for me, I think I’ll stick to the tree lined woods of Minnesota.
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