SubwayCreatures Most Interesting Places in the NYC Subway
This is my favorite place in the world to ‘people watch’ and apparently also home base for the majority of SubwayCreatures in NYC. A simple Google search for ‘Love Farts’ will backup what I’m saying. From singers to dancers to bizarre performance artists, Union Square has it all! Random Tip: Traveling from Times Square to Grand Central? Use the 7 Train which can sometimes be faster than the Shuttle and require less walking depending on where you’re coming from.
This is a tough ticket to get but if you’re lucky enough to book in advance, you’ll get a detailed tour of this historic, abandoned subway station. The station is very special and looks nothing like any others in NYC. And clean--it’s very clean!
I’m not much of a romantic but if you walk up the stairs to this above-ground platform at the end of the day, you’ll get to see one of the most beautiful sunsets ever over NYC. Nothing really sums up the city better than this view with buildings, bridges, and subway trains. Obviously this is recommended for a clear day and it wouldn’t hurt if it were summer either.
The 4 train subway line pulls right up to the outside of the iconic stadium. Yankee fan or not, it’s quite the sight and if you can’t get your hands on a game ticket, there’s a small window that looks onto the field for a brief second from the train.
Keep your eyes open out the right side of the Manhattan-bound Q train as you’re leaving the Dekalb Ave station in Brooklyn and you’ll see Bill Brand’s Masstransiscope. The first time I saw this thing I thought I was tripping. The paintings on the wall act as a flipbook that comes to life as the train passes. Hard to explain but just see it and you’ll understand where I’m coming from. Random Tip: Despite being over 115 years old and getting a lot of bad press, the NYC subway is way more effective and cheaper to use during rush hour than taking a taxi or car service. I’m serious!
That Venus flytrap looking monstrosity next to the Freedom Tower is called the Oculus. The inside--which hosts a mall and multiple train stations--is more impressive than the outside and feels like what I would imagine being in a hollowed out Titanic would feel like. The massive domed ceiling will make you feel tiny and the architecture is unbelievable. It’s definitely something worth checking out while you’re in downtown Manhattan.
While you’re at the Oculus, walk down the street to see the newly (kind of) renovated Fulton Center. Post some pictures of the huge Sky Reflector-Net in the main lobby and you’re sure to get a few ‘likes’ on social media. By the way, it’s also a great spot to see talented subway musicians perform. Random Tip: Getting cross-town in NYC can be hard to navigate for tourists since most trains go north & south. I recommend using the cross-town buses. There’s a free transfer if you’re coming out of the subway and some buses get to use the express bus lanes, which get you to your destination quicker.