Subway Surfing in NYC

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TravelingMom.com The weather really stinks.  Spring has sprung, according to the calendar, but here in NYC it’s cold…and today, rainy, too. What’s a mother to do with two kids who only want to be outside?  Go subway surfing. (And just to be clear: I am not talking about the deadly dangerous, subway surfing you’ve heard about in the news.  This is a kinder, gentler, kid-friendly version.)

OK, disclaimer over, read on: I know, I know, it’s probably irresponsible.  You may end up annoying other passengers, what with the smiles on your faces in the dour, don’t-make-contact atmosphere of the trains.  And I’m not suggesting that you actually take a trip to specifically do this, or that you let your younger kids try it either, but if you happen to be on a New York City with your tween-aged kids, and they happen to have i-pods (as if they wouldn’t), then try this: Put some Beach Boys tunes on their i-pods, get on a not too crowded subway car, challenge them not to hold on, and let the Subway Surfing begin.  Around 59th Street on the Number 1 train there’s a gnarly carve, dude.  On the F train on the way to Brooklyn, you can feel the swells. You might even try it without the kids to spice up your commute.  Or make that trip to the inlaws more fun.  Really.  No kidding.  You’d be surprised how much fun the MTA can be when you’re (safely) surfing the rails.


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About The Author

Nancy Rabinowitz Friedman is a married mother of ten year old boy/girl twins living in NYC. She is a third generation Manhattanite who loves to travel — as long as she knows she’ll eventually make it back to the greatest city in the world. An award-winning television writer, Nancy spent nearly 20 years as a freelancer working for Lifetime, HBO, Showtime, ESPN, A&E, Nickelodeon — just to name a few. Her humor essays on motherhood have been syndicated in the online versions of The Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee, and The Charlotte Observer, in the multiple award-winning Brain, Child magazine, in the anthologies The Knitters Gift (Avalon Press 2005) and The Bigger the Better the Tighter the Sweater (Seal Press 2007). Nancy blogs about momming, aging, and her 20 year quest to lose the same 10 pounds at FromHiptoHousewife.com. She has a weekly podcast with three friends, The Blogging Angels.

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