A lot of financial services employees are going to take Metro North home tonight, some out to Westchester and CT, others doing the reverse commute from Greenwich, Stanford, and other hedge fund HQs. Even without the bar car, some of you are going to be drunk and probably all of you are going to be hungry. The question you need to ask yourselves is: will you eat chips off the floor like this fellow rider? Read more »
Last Friday, around 7:30PM, something momentous occurred. To thousands of financial services employees, it was not just unremarkable, but unnoticed. To the subset who commute home to Westchester and Connecticut nightly, it was nothing short of a death in the family. Read more »
Riding Metro North later today? If so, do yourself a favor and hole up in the Bar Car and/or sit quietly while minding your own damn business, whether or not you suspect the driver is doing the crossword puzzle while driving, which he or she probably most definitely is. After a video shot by a passenger last week showing “a Metro North engineer engrossed in a newspaper while operating a rush hour train” resulted in the guy being suspended pending an investigation, fellow railroad workers, rather than making a big show of proving they don’t all catch up on the news while driving, have responded by more or less telling riders, “We don’t come to where you work and slap the dick out of your mouth.” Read more »
And yet, no mention of the bar car. Suspect. Read more »
Commute To Or From Connecticut Every Day? Now Would Be A Good Time To Put In That Request To Work RemotelyBy Bess Levin
Are you a financial services hack who treks into the city every day from points further north or perhaps does the reverse commute to Southern Connecticut? As you may have heard, your life is about start sucking a whole lot more. Read more »
Planning On Riding The Metro-North To Or From Connecticut Tonight? Try And Get A Spot In The Car That Doesn’t Have Its Door Open During The TripBy Bess Levin
Don’t Be Labeled A Degenerate Baby-Killer: The Unofficial Metro-North Railroad Riders Guide to the New Haven LineBy Anonymous
The following entry is by a Dealbreaker reader who shall remain nameless, who counts himself among the contingent making the daily trek between southern Connecticut and New York. In short, it’s the rules that must be abided if you hope to survive the jungle that is the Metro North New Haven commute. Whether you’re a neophyte who just moved out to CT or a resident who just started a new job in Manhattan, someone for whom none of this currently applies but fear it may in your future, or you’ve have been doing this trip for years and have your own tips to add, enjoy.
Just before the turn of the 20th Century, Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line carried home its first pack of ambitious, southern Connecticut natives from New York City.
In just over 100 years, this 90-mile stretch of rail has blossomed from a novel idea into a daily constant in the lives of hundreds of thousands of travelers. These people aren’t tourists. They’re longer impressed by the splendor of Grand Central Station’s ceiling astrology. They don’t have time to snap pictures of the giant American flag. And they don’t care if the “Oyster Bar is really good!” These people are men and women, young and old who, day in and day out, brave the true horrors of the New Haven Line so that they can chase the American dream. To those riders I say, “I am one of you. I feel your pain. This guide is written in your honor.”
Phase #1: Making it to your platform Read more »