Thinx Underwear and the MTA May Have Called a Truce Over the Word 'Period'

Earlier this week, the “period-proof” panties company Thinx and New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority seemed to be at odds over the use of the word “period” in some new subway ads. Now the MTA has retreated a bit—the flailing corporation just takes forever to make decisions.
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'Period' Is Too Much for Subway Ads, Says MTA, But Cleavage-Heavy Implant Ads Are A-OK

New York City has rules for their subway ads, which can’t look too racy. And a set of new ads by Thinx, a company peddling knickers for women who’d like the option of forgoing pads and tampons during menstruation, have proven to be just too much for NYC’s (inconsistently) prim sensibilities. »10/21/15 6:50pm10/21/15 6:50pm

Manspreaders Are Sick of the MTA Telling Them Not To Manspread

Late last year, New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority began placing ads asking its male customers to stop spreading their legs on busses and subways. Though the campaign has received a fair share of criticism over its production cost, Emily Hopkins of Bitch Magazine discovered that the most dramatic reactions… »5/08/15 2:10pm5/08/15 2:10pm

Here's What Happens When You Report Sexual Misconduct on the Subway

Yesterday morning, between 9:30 and 9:40 a.m. (yes, I was running late to work) I was the victim of sexual misconduct at the Fulton Street subway stop, at the exit near Fulton and William streets. The MTA and the NYPD failed to provide substantial measures in responding to and reporting the incident. »5/08/15 12:05pm5/08/15 12:05pm

Men's Rights Group Demands Their Balls Be Allowed to Breathe on Buses

A recent campaign to stop the phenomenon known as "manspreading" on New York's transportation system has men's rights organizations in a tizzy, especially in Canada, where one "advocacy group" is demanding men be allowed to spread their legs as far and wide as they want to to avoid a pain more awful than anything… »12/29/14 12:00pm12/29/14 12:00pm

The MTA Will Finally Chastise Men Whose Balls Need Three Seats

I have testicles, they're fairly sizeable (physically, not metaphorically), and they don't need a separate seat on the subway. In fact, no matter how big someone's balls are (again, speaking from a purely physical standpoint), they will never need an extra seat. Yet some men continue to sit on the train as though they… »11/18/14 5:45pm11/18/14 5:45pm

Public Transit Officials Say No Thanks to 'Inappropriate' Bravo Ad

Bravo tried to get cheeky with the ads for its upcoming show, Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, which blared "Go Find Yourself" alongside star Lisa Edelstein holding out her ring finger, bird-flipping style. But when they tried to place them on public transit in LA and New York, they were promptly denied. »11/10/14 6:15pm11/10/14 6:15pm

Subway Shuts Down After Adorable Kittens Get Loose on Tracks

If you live in a city with a mass transit system as sprawling as that of New York City, then you know that all sorts of things can screw up service (weather, passengers holding the doors, disembodied human heads), but has the reason ever been this cute? Late Thursday morning, the Metropolitan Transit Authority was… »8/30/13 3:05pm8/30/13 3:05pm

Journalist Mona Eltahawy Arrested For Defacing Anti-Islam Subway Ads

Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy was arrested last night for spray painting over one of the American Freedom Defense Initiative's new cringe-inducingly offensive posters, which read: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad." »9/26/12 2:00pm9/26/12 2:00pm

The LIRR Lost and Found Is a Magical Closet of Eclectic Treasure

The cumbersome phrase "Long Island Rail Road lost and found" might conjure up images ripe for a Pixar animated short — a dank little broom closet filled with half-empty plastic bins that contain things like one-eyed rag dolls flashing saccharine needlepoint smiles, winning scratch tickets and wedding rings. Its door… »9/12/12 10:25pm9/12/12 10:25pm

Guy Who Sings 'Someone Like You' in the Subway Pulls a Man Off the Tracks and Saves His Life

Remember the guy who sang such a beautiful rendition of Adele's "Someone Like You" in the New York City subway? Well, now we've got word that he not only sings beautifully, he's also a genuine hero. One of our readers reports that she was in the 86th Street station about 10:30 this morning when the singing man—whom… »2/27/12 9:00pm2/27/12 9:00pm

A Guy Jerked Off To Me In The Subway, And NYPD Didn't Do A Thing

This weekend, something pretty disgusting and criminal happened to me, but the police didn't seem to care. After a friend's shabbos party, I swiped into the turnstile and paid the Metropolitan Transit Authority the $2.25 they've decided it costs to transport me safely home. It was late, and when I got down the… »9/07/11 4:30pm9/07/11 4:30pm