The round-trip ticket from Albany-Rensselaer to New York-Penn cost $84, which is too much for what is, essentially, a commuter rail with only marginally cleaner bathrooms and more comfortable seats. I left on a Friday after work on the 4:10 and arrived in New York around seven. At Penn Station I bought a $10 Metrocard and took the 1 train to Times Square where I transferred to the N or the Q or the R, none of which were running normally, and then walked the four or five blocks to our hotel, where my fiancé was staying on business.
Our nearest and dearest Choire Sicha wrote about how the Bloomberg administration changed New York in the last decade. Stay for some beautifully written descriptions of the way the city used to be, or, at the very least, to learn how Choire once earned $200 in exchange for witnessing a sex act when he was broke and in need of money.
New York may be a city for the wealthy, but it also has a place for those bereft of cash, but rich in time.