• Kayli Parsons

How to Survive the Subway

In light of recent events, I wanted to share a few tips that a native New Yorker gave me about riding the subway.

We have all heard the recent tragic stories of individuals being pushed onto the subway tracks and moving trains. However, the subway system is essential to traveling throughout New York City and is almost impossible to avoid, so here are a few tips I was given when waiting and riding the subway, especially as a woman.

  1. Wait for the subway as close to the wall as possible. Try to get your back against the wall if you can. This way, you can see everyone around you.

  2. Other tips include paying attention and staying alert on the subway. I once had both of my AirPods in and didn’t realize we were at my stop until it was too late. I ended up in Brooklyn and had to take the subway back. Maybe consider lowering your music or only using one AirPod to ensure that you can hear the announcements and the upcoming stops. Another thing that I have found really helpful to have in the city is a crossbody bag, I use my crossbody purse every time I go out. It’s much harder to steal than a clutch or shoulder bag.

  3. When sitting on the subway, you should choose a seat in the middle of the subway car. Sitting in the middle allows you to observe and assess your surroundings for the duration of the ride. If you sit too close to the doors, someone could easily steal your purse, phone, etc. and run off of the train.

Other tips include paying attention and staying alert on the subway. I once had both of my AirPods in and didn’t realize we were at my stop until it was too late. I ended up in Brooklyn and had to take the subway back. Maybe consider lowering your music or only using one AirPod to ensure that you can hear the announcements. Another thing that I have found really helpful to have in the city is a crossbody bag, I use my crossbody everytime I go out. It’s much harder to steal than a clutch or shoulder bag.


While these tips may seem serious and a little overboard, it is important for you to be vigilant about your safety when traveling in NYC. The subway is a great tool, but has also proved to be a dangerous weapon.


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