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NEW. Today: A Mother's Death in the Subway



Weather: Beware the polar vortex. Single-digit wind chills this morning, a high of 28 with a snow shower, and then it gets really cold.

4 degrees when you wake up tomorrow, with wind chills in the minus-teens, and a high of only 15 The freeze sticks around to Friday

Alternate-side parking : in effect till Monday

On Monday night, a young mother carrying her toddler in a stroller fell down subway stairs in Manhattan and died.

Malaysia Goodson, 22, did countless others forced to do each day: navigate a subway system notoriously lacking in accessibility.

If you were disabled, your subway would look something like this: [TuesdayinthewakeofMsGoodson'sdeaththeCityCouncilspeakerCoreyJohnson said on Twitter "The lack of accessibility in our subways is literally killing people."

State Senator Jessica Ramos of Queens wrote: “We need increased accessibility in every station. That means elevators and escalators that service both directions. "

As sensible as that idea sounds, it has faced huge hurdles over the years.

In 1984, the M.T.A. voted to install elevators in numerous stations. Then-mayor Edward I. Koch objected to the plan

So did the chairman of the M.T.A. board's finance committee, Stephen Berger. "It's tossing money down the drain," he said. “It's not going to work. We all know that. ”

Dear Diary:

It was summer 1966. I had never been out of the Midwest when I finished college in St. Paul and was accepted to a summer publishing course at Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Mass.

One night late in the course, I took a bus to New York City as part of my search for a job. I was quite proud of myself for shaking off the boys at Port Authority who offered to carry my bag for a quarter, and even when I hailed a taxi and gave the driver the upper east side address where I was to stay with friends of mine Radcliffe roommate

"I have never been to New York before," said the cabby, a tall guy whose head was shaved long before the look became popular. "Tell me, where's Manhattan Island?"

I remember the city lights shining off his head as he did the only real-life triple take I have ever seen.

"Lady," he said in a deep, gravelly voice, "you're in it."

– Victoria Chapman


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