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Only on the NYC subway: Commuting woes, more alleged celebrity manspreading and Bach

Dogs on the subway can often look just as grumpy as their adult companions.

And there is a lot to be grumpy about while riding the train these days.

This week, we learned about hellish subway woes from riders, more alleged celebrity manspreading and the fact that our commute is eating up years of our precious lives.

Luckily, on Saturday, the day before fare hikes hit, we'll be treated to some of Bach's classical works in over a dozen subway stations across the city. Perhaps it's the least we can ask for from our increasingly burdened subway lives.

We learned about straphangers’ commuting woes

Any New Yorker who has taken the subway
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Any New Yorker who has taken the subway can recount a time when their ride went awry. A bunch of straphangers got together on Sunday to recount their commuting woes.

Shameek Robinson was trying to get from downtown Brooklyn to Harlem when a diversion forced him to transfer twice and wait 20 minutes at the West 4th Station. The trip took 90 minutes.

Mazin Melegy said he had to wait a half hour in Brooklyn and let six trains pass by before he could squeeze into one.

And 11-year Demetrius Harris told amNewYork that train delays could land him in detention. “Speed it up a bit.”

We learned that Paul Giamatti might be a manspreader

Gothamist reported Tuesday that occasional art house actor
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Gothamist reported Tuesday that occasional art house actor Paul Giamatti was spotted reading a book and taking up two seats. The tipster behind the story reported that the train was full at the time, “with people having to stand.”

Unlike Tom Hanks, who rebutted the manspreading claims hurled at him in recent weeks, we don’t have Giamatti’s side on this incident (plus the photo doesn’t show a packed train), so we’re willing to cut him some slack and give him the benefit of the doubt that his manspreading was not malicious.

There was also some debate over whether NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan was manspreading while sleeping on the subway. But by the looks of the photo published by the Gothamist, it looks less like he was manspreading than trying to comfortably ride the train while holding a large backpack on his lap. He did concede to Gothamist that “there was a bit of a ‘manspread’” but added that he “clearly” made the adjacent seat available.

We learned how long the average New Yorker spends commuting by train

We all knew that our commutes on the
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We all knew that our commutes on the subway were long and often lousy, at least anecdotally.

But a new report released on Wednesday by Comptroller Scott Stringer put some numbers to our commuting misery, showing New Yorkers spend more hours a week trying to get around than any other workers in other large U.S. cities.

The study found that the average worker spent seven hours, 51 minutes a week riding the train.

We learned that commuting is ruff even for the dogs

Okay, we couldn’t resist throwing in a picture
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Okay, we couldn’t resist throwing in a picture of a dog on a train. Enough said.

We learned that Bach will be played in the subways Saturday

To celebrate the 330th birthday of composer John
Photo Credit: Bach in the Subways

To celebrate the 330th birthday of composer John Sebastian Bach, musicians are planning to perform his works at over a dozen subway stations on Saturday. Cellist Dale Henderson started the Bach in the Subway Day series back in 2010 to bring classical music closer to the masses.

But whatever the reason, we’ll take any soothing musical accompaniment to distract from the rumbling of the trains underground and Sunday’s impending fare hike.

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