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Why You May Want To Avoid Empty Subway Cars While Visiting NYC

By Mina Elwell


If you're visiting NYC for the first time, resist the temptation to snag an easy seat in an empty subway car or you may find yourself trying not to throw up on public transit.
New York City's subway system runs nonstop, 24 hours a day, every day, and the train can get intensely crowded. So if there's one completely empty car, there must be a reason.
A lot of locals and visitors alike have horror stories about stepping into an empty car and experiencing something repulsive (think human excrement, vomit, or thick BO.)
Exactly what is making people avoid the car is not a mystery worth solving, so if you see that empty car, or somebody warns you not to go into one, choose another option.