Photo by myself on the subway platform at 34th Street, in Midtown.
Whiling away the time with a handheld device is a common sight on the subway platforms.
No, you can't receive phone calls while on the train, but as I wrote in an earlier post, we will, soon. The MTA is making it possible to make phone calls while underground.
I think most New Yorkers have mixed feelings about this. Yes, it'll be a convenience so you can call ahead when you're late for a meeting or if, god forbid, there is an emergency below ground.
But there are many other things the money for the upgrade could be spent on. Like nicer subway stations, maybe? Ones without the disturbing crumbly tiles and dangerously uneven stairs? And let's not mention how unquiet our trains will become. In the mornings. When all you want is some quiet.
Plus having the excuse 'I was waiting forever, the train was stuck, a sick passenger, yadda yadda yadda...' can no longer bail you out of a tight pickle.
Related posts: Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Elevated Tracks, in Park Slope, Brooklyn and Tales from Below, A Subway Transcript.