Guy Paints Subway Platform During Rush Hour And It Got Absolutely Everywhere


When you’re doing much-needed maintenance work on a public transport system, which over 8.5 million people in your city rely on, perhaps the morning rush hour isn’t the best time to do it.

But in the city that never sleeps, when is the best time to do maintenance on their subways?

While I don’t have a clear-cut answer for you, I can tell you the best time NOT to do it – during the day.

New York’s MTA is world renowned, it even dwarfs London’s world famous – if occasionally unreliable – Underground. But like all well-oiled machines/systems, which are constantly relied upon, it’s not immune to errors and disasters.

Case-in-point: regular commuter, Josh Boerman, who was on the Rockaway Ave C train station in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn (Bed-Stuy, do or die) spotted a transit worker laying down a fresh lick of paint on the edge of the platform.

But he noticed something was off about the paint. Speaking to Gothamist, Boerman said:

I was a bit baffled as to what I was seeing, so I bent down and touched the paint to see if perhaps it was at least tacky.

But it was completely wet and at that point I was like, ‘Oh this is gonna be good.’

Boerman, who was on his way to his Manhattan-based job as a theatre director and designer, said all the commuters on the platform were ‘doing that passive confusion/resignation’ thing which has become standard practice for veteran New Yorkers taking the subway.

What happened next was inevitable, as commuters were getting on and off the subway carriages, they were blissfully unaware of the wet paint on the platform which they were stepping on – thus leaving yellow shoe prints all over the place. New York may not be in Kansas but the subway was definitely not the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City.

Boerman went on to say:

I very nearly stepped onto the strip as I boarded the train, even with the full knowledge that it was wet.

By the time they noticed, it was too late and they didn’t want to draw attention to it. Kind of like when you step in dogshit.

The botched paint job wasn’t an isolated incident in Bed Stuy either, Boerman also spotted yellow footprints at the next subway station, Ralph Ave.

While non-New Yorkers will find it funny, he thinks it’s an example of ‘the MTA’s mismanagement’. While it is a literal stain on the reputation of the New York transport system he says the ‘most unfortunate thing’ was this type of rush job doesn’t even surprise him.

He says:

When you’ve got a governor at the head of the organization who’s happy to pilfer money from the transit authority to fund upstate ski resorts, it naturally follows that you’ll see similar mismanagement on down the chain of command.

Gothamist contacted the MTA for a comment regarding the yellow paint endemic but have so far not responded.

If only they could click their heels and make it all go away.

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