The F train had some issues this morning, which is like saying the beach had some sand or the Borowitz report was irritating. Unamused commuter Stella Kim emailed Gothamist to note that it took her roughly thirty minutes to go one stop from York Street in Brooklyn to East Broadway in Manhattan, where the train stalled again for about 20 minutes. On the plus side, it was there that a magical and all-too-rare waterfall hashtag blessed the inside of the subway train. Wow:
Some well-positioned straphangers were christened in the sacred subway waters, which local folklore has long credited with healing chronic maladies such as punctuality and thirst. After being duly moistened, the anointed ones "moved out of the way pretty calmly," according to Kim. The calming subway waterfall works every time.
Unfortunately, other subway lines were delayed this morning but without the added bonus of waterfalls. The Times's transit reporter Emma G. Fitzsimmons captured the moment all hope for a smooth Monday was lost:
Just another Monday on New York City's subway. pic.twitter.com/eZhLrXJDZc
— Emma G. Fitzsimmons (@emmagf) June 5, 2017
Fitzsimmons reports that it was "another miserable morning" for subway commuters, with "signal problems... seemingly everywhere. They struck stations at West Fourth Street and Wall Street in Manhattan. They cropped up at the Mets-Willets Point station in Queens and Church Avenue in Brooklyn. And they appeared in the Bronx at the Eastchester-Dyre Avenue stop."
As rush hour subway delays become an increasingly regular occurrence, the Twitter hashtag #CuomosMTA is coming into vogue, as frustrated commuters try to pressure the Governor to make upgrading the system's flagging infrastructure a bigger priority. Last month, Cuomo denied controlling the MTA, which is in fact under his control. He later announced a "genius contest" intended to fix the subway, which will hopefully include more magic #SubwayWaterfalls.
If you found this commute frustrating, tell your state representatives and Governor Cuomo to stop robbing the MTA of badly needed funding and figure out a way to come up with more cash for a 21st Century transit system.