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Worst things about Penn Station

Penn Station is a world of its own.

Whether you take the train into Penn Station every day or only occasionally, we've all experienced at least one headache while milling about the transit hub.

Being the cynical New Yorkers that we are, here are our least favorite things about Penn Station.

The mad dash

You know, when your train's track is called
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You know, when your train's track is called and everyone runs for the same tiny doorway at the same time. They might as well call it the 100-yard dash. The prize for winning? A seat on your overcrowded rush hour train.

People who stop at the top of the stairs

We understand you're trying to get your bearings,
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We understand you're trying to get your bearings, but if you don't move to the side, the crowd of commuters behind you will trample you to death and not even glance back.

The weekend warriors

From people puking in trash cans to drunken
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From people puking in trash cans to drunken brawls and girls who refuse to put their high heels on, Penn Station can be really gross.

When a concert or game lets out of MSG

We've all been there: One minute you're quietly
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We've all been there: One minute you're quietly waiting for your train and the next you're surrounded by hundreds of people shouting excitedly. Good luck getting a seat.

Overcrowded trains

Who doesn't love standing for an hour-long train
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Who doesn't love standing for an hour-long train ride home after a long day at work?

Closed stairwells

There already aren't nearly enough ways to get
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There already aren't nearly enough ways to get off of the train platforms, but a fun variation is when they close all of the stairwells except one, so an entire train is effectively trapped in Penn Station's underbelly while a single file line streams up the narrow, remaining stairwell.

Track change

Is there anything more infuriating than beating the
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Is there anything more infuriating than beating the rush to the track that was called, waiting there for the train to arrive and then hearing an announcement that the train has been moved to another track? No, not really.

The smells

Pizza, popcorn, pretzels, beer, sweat and dirty bleach
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Pizza, popcorn, pretzels, beer, sweat and dirty bleach water all mix together to make one pungent aroma.

Chaos of delayed or canceled trains

Whether it's a track condition or signal problems,
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Whether it's a track condition or signal problems, delayed and canceled trains cause utter chaos among the commuters in Penn Station. As if rush hour wasn't bad enough.

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