It's 2015 and people STILL haven't learned to hold their phones sideways, but that hasn't stopped them from capturing photos and videos highlighting NYC's finest subway moments. Although we didn't have to contend with any subway condoms or bedbug hysteria this year, there were still plenty of rowdy teens, unapologetic seathoggers, and delightful air drummers. Just as with previous years, we've taken a look back at some of the most unforgettable subway moments of the year that was.
Advanced Manspreading: Straphangers rose up against the scourge of manspreading in 2014, with the MTA, the OEM, and the NYPD embracing the fight for space. And in the wake of that public shaming, manspreading evolved into new insidious forms, including: Mancornering, Dadspreading, SpreadAiding, Aggressive Bagspreading, Bookspreading, and Extreme Manspreading.
Photo by Skip Suva
Chillspreading: This man ought be more careful when he goes out in public, because not everyone's immune systems can handle such extreme levels of chill.
The Evolution Of Space Hogging: Of course, there were plenty of other etiquette lapses, including levitating passengers, sickening L train couples, aggressive leaners, side eye shamers, and the badass below.
Teenage Angst: As long as politicians continue to refuse to sign laws to ban teens from public spaces, teens will run amok on mass transit. This year, we had teens stealing each other's pants, leaping wildly across the tracks, and riding on the wrong parts of trains.
(West Side Rag)
Vandalism School: Not everyone got away with their wanton acts of vandalism.
Swedish Cops: Some strapping Swedish policemen broke up a fight between two homeless men on an uptown 6 train while on their way to see Les Miserables.
— New York Post (@nypost) April 23, 2015
Eye Mask Of Enlightenment: This was the best commuter trend that never quite took off.
The Fucking L Train: The F train took straphangers hostage and hurt our feelings; the E train was forsaken by God; the B train spit us out like an old wad of rancid Skoal; but the L train is the line that broke down, and broke us, again and again and again. We saw the writing on the wall in January, but we never realized the L train would wage psychological warfare on us, leave us stranded in heat waves, start taking off casual Mondays, and even pull down our pants and taunt us. By the time we started quoting Buffalo Bill, "How about that L train?" had joined the official NYC Exasperation Lexicon alongside other familiar rhetorical questions like "It's not a big group birthday dinner is it?"
This is why it's good to have a group text about the L train pic.twitter.com/9XRKB0DdfU
— Conz Preti (@conz) August 13, 2015
B Train Air Drummer: A new unself-conscious happy headbanger appeared in Brooklyn.
Subway Coping Mechanisms: Hundreds of commuters were trapped underground for about two hours in October when an E train broke down during rush hour, and they entertained each other with as much DMX as possible.
Halloween 2015: New Yorkers are very passionate about America's favorite pagan-ish tradition, and there was no shortage of witty, hilarious, weird, and head-scratching costumes to be found underground.
Worst Vaper In NYC: Some Macklemore-lookalikes insist on acting like every waking moment is fodder for a montage scene in the true life MTV documentary of their lives.
The Chillest Man In NYC: Just looking at him lowers your blood pressure.
Nazi Trains: By all accounts, The Man in the High Castle was a solid new Amazon show. Their initial advertising strategy was another matter.
Puppy Commutes: At least not all subway conduct was atrocious.
Thousand Yard Stare: There comes a point in every New Yorker's life when he or she will stare into the deep abyss of their soul and imagine the nightmare headline they might inspire. This man was all of us. This man is 2015.