came across this story on the wires last night. apparently, there was a fight in an NYC subway car recently over whether riders have the right to eat or not. this was caught on video (of course!), posted on youtube and has now ignited a fairly raucous debate on subway dining etiquette. FYI, eating and drinking is not allowed in the PATH trains linking NY and NJ. No such law exists — for now — for NYC subways.
i gotta admit i have eaten while on the subways. when i was still living in poughkeepsie, i used to have to take a 2-hour train down to grand central terminal and then take two more trains to get to my parents in NJ. i’d get sooo hungry and would stop by one of the shops at grand central to get a bagel or croissant — something i won’t need utensils for and won’t make a mess. i wouldn’t have what that lady in the video was having, food in an open container. subways are notorious for sudden stops and sharp curves. i wouldn’t want to spill the food — onto the floor or, worse, a fellow passenger.
i can’t imagine NYC cracking down on underground diners, though. first, there’s no way to practically enforce the law (NYPD is already facing staff cutbacks). second, for a city where everybody is always on the go, riding the subway is often the only downtime or chance you get to get something in your belly.