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Off the Rails: Shrieking Intern, Indoor Waterfalls and a David Bowie Takeover

The subway went from soggy to Ziggy Stardust-studded, in just a matter of days.

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    Off the Rails: Shrieking Intern, Indoor Waterfalls and a David Bowie Takeover

    Every day, 5.6 million people ride the subway; more people than the entire population of New Zealand. When you mix that many bodies, some wild weather and a couple of tricky elevators  -- and then sprinkle a little bit of Ziggy Stardust-- you might just get what we saw in the New York City subway this week.

    From a waterfall coming down inside a station to lines around the corner for David Bowie MetroCards, we've rounded up our top 4 moments from the New York subway from Apr.. 13 to Apr. 19. 

    1. Woman on Subway Screams in Frustration, Fellow New Yorkers Relate

    Subway Rider Has Epic Meltdown During Delay-Plagued CommuteSubway Rider Has Epic Meltdown During Delay-Plagued Commute

    Many commuters were frustrated during Thursday's delay-plagued subway commute. One woman in particular had a total meltdown. Video shows her screaming hysterically, "I'm gonna be laaaaate" while on a stuck train (Credit: Adena Andrews)
    (Published Friday, April 13, 2018)

    The panicked wail heard around the subway station could easily have been the rallying cry of so many New Yorkers taking the subway on any given day: "I'M GONNA BE LAAAAATE!"

    Sports writer Adena Andrews captured the commuter's startling scream while stuck at the Nostrand Avenue C train platform in Brooklyn last Thursday morning, and by Friday the extremely relatable video was making the rounds on social media.

    Turns out the hysterical rider had an internship she had to get to, but she was held up by a police investigation delaying traffic on the A and C lines.

    Other riders appeared momentarily startled, while one bystander on the platform is heard muttering, "This woman needs to chill"

    READ MORE: Hysterical Subway Rider Stuck on Delayed Train Wails About Being Late

    2. Torrential Rain Leaves Subway Station Underwater

    Man Battles Waterfall to Get Out of NYC Subway StationMan Battles Waterfall to Get Out of NYC Subway Station

    Crazy video taken at the 145th Street/Broadway subway station shows a man battling upstream to get out of the underground as water gushes down the station stairs. MTA staff told NBC 4 the City sewer drain was blocked, backing up to the point water flowed around the corner, on to the sidewalk and into the uptown station entrance. The video was taken after torrential rains hammered New York City Monday morning. Full story and forecast details here.

    (Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

    On Monday, the tri-state awoke to a punishing rainstorm that saw dozens trapped in submerged cars in New Jersey and many more terrorized by gushing water in subway stations across Manhattan.

    A sheet of water was seen raining down in front of the open doors of a train inside the Bryant Park Station, while one man was captured battling upstream to exit the No. 1 train station at 145th Street and Broadway.

    That station looked more like a scene from Atlantis than a city subway city station due to the flooding. Watch the incredible video above.

    READ MORE: Dozens Saved From Trapped Cars, Lightning Strikes Man and Water Gushes Into Subway Stations as Flash Floods Sock Tri-State

    3. Man Can't Work Out How to Get His Beers Up Subway Escalator

    Man Has Major Struggle Getting His Beers Up Subway EscalatorMan Has Major Struggle Getting His Beers Up Subway Escalator

    All he wanted to do was get his beers up the escalator on a trolley. It wasn't as easy as it seemed.

    (Published Wednesday, April 18, 2018)

    Another day, another commuter catapulted to fame through Instagram.

    Video of a man trying to get his shopping cart full of beer onto the subway escalator at the Essex Street station was posted to the popular Subway Creatures account, where it garnered hundreds of thousands of views and more than 1,500 comments.

    Filmmaker Bingham Bryant captured the man's struggle: with his cart loaded to the brim with cases of Budweiser and Heineken, the man tries to push it onto the escalator steps. But physics is against him, and the beers end up falling off and riding the escalator to the top by themselves.

    READ MORE: Shopping Cart Full of Beers Just Won't Fit Up New York Subway Escalator

    4. Lining Up for Bowie

    David Bowie MetroCards Has People Waiting in Long LinesDavid Bowie MetroCards Has People Waiting in Long Lines

    Hundreds of New Yorkers crowded a Manhattan subway station for a chance to get limited edition David Bowie inspired MetroCards.

    (Published Thursday, April 19, 2018)

    On Wednesday night, hundreds of New Yorkers crowded the Broadway-Lafayette/Bleecker Street subway station for a chance to get limited edition David Bowie-inspired MetroCard.

    Commuters waited in lines that wrapped around the entrance to the station and continued up onto the sidewalk outside for their chance to get one of the 250,000 cards.

    The MetroCards, called a “Tickets to Mars,” display one of five Bowie personas including Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, and Thin White Duke. 

    The MetroCards are part of an immersive David Bowie exhibition that has taken over the Broadway-Lafayette subway station until May 13.

    READ MORE: David Bowie-Branded MetroCards Have New Yorkers Lining the Subway to Buy Them

    David Bowie Art Installation Takes Over NYC Subway Station David Bowie Art Installation Takes Over NYC Subway Station

    Subway Etiquette: "Don't Push!"

    After a bag broke at the top of an escalator at the Jay Street-MetroTech subway station, spilled plastic bottles and bags almost caused a human pile-up Friday.

    Commuters were seen stumbling as they got off the escalator into the bottles, with one woman yelling at the people behind her, "Don't push!"

    Trash on Subway Escalator Nearly Causes Human Pile-UpTrash on Subway Escalator Nearly Causes Human Pile-Up

    Bags of plastic bottles suddenly split open on the escalator at Jay Street-MetroTech station in Brooklyn Friday morning, nearly causing a human pile-up. Video by John Becker. 

    (Published Friday, April 20, 2018)

    Dog of the Week

    Ravioli Guacamole is a golden doodle who seems to love riding the city's subway system. And she doesn't take up too much room -- she's quite happy sitting on her owner's lap.

    If you'd like your subway-savvy dog to be featured, just follow and tag us on Instagram, @nbcnewyork.

     

    she took the midnight train going anywhere

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