New York City is currently in the middle of a heat wave that’s made literally every aspect of city life unbearable—dodging slow walkers on the streets, trying to run errands, and the like. But few things are as irritating in the summer as commuting, particularly if you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of people who takes the subway more than once a day.
Thanks to a perfect storm of terrible factors, taking the subway in the summer is perhaps one of the grossest experiences as a city dweller. There’s no air conditioning throughout the subway system; there are more people using the city’s underground transit than ever before; and New York City summers are getting hotter with each passing year. And even many subway cars, which should ostensibly be air conditioned, don’t provide the relief that many riders could use.
Last summer, WNYC measured temperatures in the city’s subway stations and mapped the hottest ones, finding that some reached heights of 107 degrees. (Ouch.) But even with data to show which stations are the worst, we’re guessing that you, dear readers, have a particular spot in the subway system that you dread more than any other during the dog days of summer.
So for this week’s Friday open thread, we’re asking for your own anecdotal evidence: Which stations are the worst when the mercury starts to rise? Share in the comments—because hey, at least we can all commiserate together, right?
- Friday Open Threads archive [Curbed]