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This Week on the Subway: Lost Dog Surprise, Busker Hits the Big Time, White Powder False-Alarm

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    This Week on the Subway: Lost Dog Surprise, Busker Hits the Big Time, White Powder False-Alarm

    This week on the New York City subway had its celebrations, surprises and a bit of a scare.

    From the story of a dog that went missing only to be reunited with a family who thought he was lost forever to a mysterious white powder at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, there was no shortage of newsworthy events on the New York City subway system this week.

    Here are the top 4 moments, as chosen by us, from Mar. 30 to Apr. 6. 

    1. Man Discovers He's Not Pooch's Owner After It Gets Found in Subway Station

    Caught on Camera: Dogs in Bags on TrainsCaught on Camera: Dogs in Bags on Trains

    On Friday a New York City man discovered his dog, Myko, actually belonged to another family after the pup ran away during last week's nor'easter.

    Kenneth Colson said Myko was like his "right arm." But after Myko slipped out a crack during the storm and wound up at the Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station, that was all about to change.

    It turned out Myko actually belonged to another family, who authorities reunited the dog with after finding him in the subway system. "I’m just blessed that he’s alive and I didn’t have to live with that," Colson said.

    READ MORE: NYC Man Discovers He's Not His Pooch's Only Owner After Dog Runs Away During Nor'easter

    2. A Subway Singer Raises More Than $75,000 to Make an Album

    Subway Singer Mike Yung's Extraordinary VoiceSubway Singer Mike Yung's Extraordinary Voice

    Mike Yung doing what he does every day: singing in the New York subway.
    (Published Friday, March 9, 2018)

    Subway singer Mike Yung achieved a goal that means he can finally make his decades-long dream a reality.

    The 58-year-old New Yorker who has been busking the subway for the past 38 years raised enough money to record a short album thanks to an online fundraising campaign.

    Having come so close to achieving his dream, only to have it slip through his fingers on many occasions, Yung turned to the crowdfunding website Kickstarter to ask the public for help financing his debut album. The public and fans alike came out in full force — helping him surpass an initial $75,000 goal to put out a short album.

    READ MORE: Subway Singer Mike Yung, the Man with the Big Voice, is Close to Making His Decades-Long Dream a Reality

    3. A Mysterious Powder Sparks a Brief Scare at the Port Authority Bus Terminal

    Mysterious White Powder Sparks Scare at Port AuthorityMysterious White Powder Sparks Scare at Port Authority

    Parts of Port Authority Bus Terminal were shut down Wednesday after a scare over white powder. Jummy Olabanji reports.

    (Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018)

    On Wednesday, a mysterious white powder sparked a brief scare and partial shutdown at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. The NYPD acted after saying it received a call around 9 a.m. about some suspicious powder outside the terminal.

    Customers and workers at several nearby businesses say they were told to close up shop and get out. One man inside the terminal reported that he was taking refuge in a Starbucks and told that he "might be stuck here for awhile."

    But soon after, the terminal and station were given the all-clear. The white powder? A cleaning substance.

    READ MORE: Mysterious White Powder Sparks Brief Scare, Partial Shutdown of Port Authority Bus Terminal

    4. 'Wall of Orange' Flames in the Underground

    Subway Train Hits Hunk of Metal, Snarls ServiceSubway Train Hits Hunk of Metal, Snarls Service

    A piece of metal on the tracks caused a subway train to stall out for more than an hour.

    (Published Friday, April 6, 2018)

    A piece of metal on the tracks caused a subway train to stall out for more than an hour Thursday, sending smoke into cars and a station, causing panic among stranded straphangers and mucking up the commute home for thousands of other New Yorkers.

    Sara Frazier, an editor who lives in Brooklyn, said she was riding in the first car and looking out the front window of the 2 train with her daughter when they heard a blast, saw sparks and felt a bump in quick succession before it came to a stop.

    Frazier said about 45 minutes later the conductor decided to try to continue on to Clark Street in Brooklyn. That's when she and others heard a louder boom and saw 10-foot flames flare up between the first and second cars. The incident happened as debates continue to rage over spending to upgrade the MTA subway system

    READ MORE: Commuter Describes 'Wall of Orange' After Subway Train Hits Hunk of Metal

    Subway Dog of the Week: Good Boy Jenkins

    Dogs aren't allowed on the subway unless they are in a "container" or a bag. But this puppy doesn't seem to mind. Jenkins seems quite content having a nap while his human takes the train. 

     

    So sleepy but still want to see what's out there! 📷: @propercriminals

    A post shared by Jenkins (@goodboyjenkins) on

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