A Guy Spent 14 Hours Riding the Longest Subway Route in NYC
No one wants to spend more time on the subway than they have to, but one guy just spent 14 hours taking the longest NYC subway route possible. The journey began in Wakefield, which is in the Bronx, and ended in Far Rockaway, Queens. The crazy man who took this route was Jody Avirgan of the FiveThirtyEight podcast. His ridiculously long route was determined by WNYC's Subwaytron5000, which uses a special algorithm to sort through all the possible routes. The rules stated that the rider could only swipe his card once, and that no stretch of track could be repeated, although stopping at the same station twice was okay. RELATED: New York is Dumping Old Subway Cars Into The Ocean
The trip encompassed 54 transfers over 155 miles and Avirgan decided he had to give it a try. If you think this was a fun trip, remember this is a New York City subway. It is in no way fun or cute or pretty or hygienic. The journey had Avirgan following a complicated list of instructions, enduring countless delays, and having to take bathroom breaks. We question the sanity of anyone who would set themselves up for bathroom breaks on the subway.
According to Gizmodo, Avirgan survived his journey, tweeting along the way about the citizens of New York going about their daily business. The pictures are fun, too, showing one rider hanging out with his bike and a guy in a lovely pair of star-covered pajamas.
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Images: Jody Avirgan