Subway ad watch: What's with these weird train grab handles?
These subway ads for Stratton Mountain Ski Resort offer an escapist fantasy for straphangers. You're in the subway now, and could be hitting the slopes in Vermont in just a few hours, so get thee to the airport pronto!
As alluring as such a getaway sounds, we have a quibble with the ad. Look at the photo of the businessman on the subway. And notice the grab handles on the train. Any New Yorker could tell you that grab handles of that design do not exist in the subway system. In fact the last handles (examples, left, can be found at the City Reliquary) vanished from service several years ago, with the retirement of the old No. 7 "Redbird" trains to watery graves, where many now serve as artificial reefs in the Atlantic Ocean.
You can still find grab handles on MTA buses, and the Roosevelt Island tram actually has leather straps (the one place you can truly be a straphanger). which are poised for retirement.
But triangle-shaped grab handles in the subway? Nope.
-- Rolando Pujol