Closing Advice from a life-long New Yorker, here's what to do in the Subway:
THE NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY
Ask any New Yorker how to get around and they will most likely tell you to take the subway. The MTA runs the subway as well as all of the other rail services in NYC and Long Island. The cost of a subway ride is $2.25 (Approx 1.5 Euros). An unlimited ride ticket for one week is $27. THIS IS A STEAL IN NYC. A cab ride alone could cost up to $45! The subway is easy to navigate and the MTA has maps in many different languages. Here are some tips to make your trip safe.
Going on the the underground seems complicated initially but once you get used to it it's quite easy to use. You must use a MetroCard to pay. They can be used to hold money value or as a pass (7-day or 30-day). If staying longer than 4 days, the longer passes are much cheaper than money cards, but for non-residents, just put money on the card in chunks of $10 or more so you get the 7% discount. A NYC MetroCard also can be used on the paying section of the Airtrain from Kennedy and, of course, on any city bus.
- WATCH THE GAP - When boarding and exiting the train, please watch for the gap between station and platform. These gaps can get pretty wide (up to 10" [25cm]) and people have fallen through them and some poor (unlucky) people have been killed after falling through the gap by touching the... (on to #2)
- THIRD RAIL - The third rail carries the electric current needed to run the train. DO NOT GET ONTO THE TRACKS (this is pretty common knowledge, but people have been killed by doing this).
- CLOSING DOORS - When the train is about to leave the station, there is a ding-dong noise to indicate that the doors are closing. When hearing that noise, please stay away from the doors if you are on the outisde of the train. They could shut on your hand and that hurts (the doors open if they sense pressure, but not that fast [that's from personal experience]).
- PICKPOCKETS - Crime on the train has gone down over the years, but please still keep all of your valuables in your front pockets (wallets are now a #2 to the iPod)
- LATE NIGHT TRAVEL - When traveling after Midnight or 1am, the time between trains gets longer and the platforms get lonelier. You should stand near others and/or look for the LATENIGHT WAITING AREA. This area is usually on camera. When getting on the train, you should enter dead-center, by the conductor (look for a slashed black/white sign... this is where he/she is always going to land when the train comes in). If you hang out by them nothing should happen... problems are usually an empty "last car" kind of thing and, even though you are reading this, are relatively rare. These are just guidelines. Also, do not sleep on the train even though it is late.... someone had their musical instruments taken that way.
That's it for the safety.