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NYC Subway System 1 x Kelly 0 or “D” is for Defeat

So earlier this week I ended up in the Gramercy area a couple of times, once to get my microwave and once for an interview. The first time I took the subway there I had to switch at the Lafayette station and hop on the 4 train to get uptown. This ensured minimum walking in this frigid weather.

So here’s the thing about switching to the 4 train: at Lafayette, you can only hop on the 4 going downtown. If you want to go uptown like me, you have to exit the station, go outside, cross the street and pay AGAIN. Deeming myself cleverer than the NYC subway system, I found out that if i went downtown first for a couple of stations, I could actually switch to the 4 uptown without paying extra.

I decided to see how many stations exactly I would have to go south before going uptown. The thing is, the uptown train took FOREVER, and I was meeting my friend’s wife for lunch, so without thinking, I actually transfered to the D train, which according to my calculations would also take me uptown via Central Park.

Oh…but “D” is for DEFEAT.. Little did I know I got on the train going the WRONG DIRECTION. Pretty soon I was crossing the Brooklyn Bridge heading down to Coney Island! No wonder the station I was heading to wasn’t even on my map!

It took me an extra 40 min to get to where I wanted.

Lesson learned. I did manage to save me 2 bucks.


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