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The Sky Is Actually Falling in New York City's Crumbling Subways

You can now add "ceiling collapse" to your already long list of potential subway horrors.

by Lauren Messman
Jun 20 2018, 9:15pm

Photo courtesy of Twitter user @andrewpwelch.

Riding the subway is not always a pleasant experience. But in the summer time, for whatever reason, New Yorkers have historically had to deal with a whole host of unpredictable horrors that transform the public transit system into a living nightmare. Last week, we predicted that that hell was upon us, thanks to this overzealous police officer. And now, unfortunately, we have even more proof that now is, without a doubt, the worst time to commute:

On Wednesday, straphanger Eric Chan witnessed part of the ceiling in the Borough Hall station fall into a massive pile of debris. Again, part of the ceiling actually crumbled to the ground onto the platform as riders were waiting for the next train. As some familiar with the Brooklyn station pointed out on Twitter, it may have been just a matter of time.

A spokesman for the local fire department told New York 1 that one person was hurt, and the four and five trains are currently passing the station. But, as weed and subway advocate Cynthia Nixon pointed out, it really could have been a whole hell of a lot worse.

According to the MTA's official subway Twitter account, the station was currently suffering from a bit of "fallen debris on the platform." A relatively, uh, tame way of putting what actually looks more like a war zone. Still, New Yorkers carried on as they always do, seemingly unaware or not surprised by the constant state of emergency their crumbling source of public transportation seems to be in.

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