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By Dan Rattiner Week of November 21-27, 2009 Riders this week: 5,841 Rider miles this week: 86,225 DOWN IN THE TUBE CONGRATS TO THE HAMPTONS’ OWN NY YANKEES BACKUP BATBOY New Hampton Subway Marketing Director Sam Loeb says he was pleased that almost nobody in the Hamptons came to the New York Yankees ticker tape parade held on the subway system last Wednesday at 8 p.m. The honoree was substitute batboy Harry Johnson, a resident of Queens whose parents rented a cabin in Hampton Bays one summer eight years ago, when Johnson was nine. Johnson stood inside the last car waving to one and all as the subway went from Montauk to Westhampton Beach. “People celebrated the Yankees’ victory at home on that day,” Loeb said. “And I’m told many of them toasted Johnson at the appropriate time. It’s good that families stayed together.” The confetti, still in its boxes, awaits another important event. Loeb’s next project is to organize handcar races on the subway between 2 and 5 a.m., when the subway is closed. Entrants should be in peak physical health. Applications are avail-

able at our Hampton Bay headquarters. The event is scheduled for the Friday after Thanksgiving. “We think this will keep the teenagers off the streets,” Leob said. First prize is an Xbox. LOST AND FOUND Maintenance men in Montauk cleaning the cars late last night came upon a diamond-studded 2008 Philadelphia Phillies World Series ring wedged between two cushion seats. Anyone wishing to claim the ring can call our Hampton Bays headquarters anytime within the next 30 days. After that, it will be thrown out. RATE INCREASE The cost per subway ride will increase next Monday from $1.75 to $2. Commissioner Aspinall wants riders to know that this is not his doing, but is at the behest of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which has asked Hampton Subway, which is not part of that system, to volunteer 25 cents per ride to help subsidize the losses incurred by the MTA during this past year. TURKEY STAMPEDE PLAN For the last four days, Commissioner Aspinall has supervised 10 interns surveying straphangers about his proposed Thanksgiving Turkey Stampede down at the platform turnstiles. The proposal entails cowboys herding live turkeys

down the tracks during the morning rush hour. So far the results show 8% in favor of the plan and 9% opposed. 83% didn’t have time to give an answer. The survey continues. LARGEST SCULPTURE EVER ON A SUBWAY PLATFORM Work proceeds on the new massive sculpture by noted artist Adrien Bordeaux. The part of the Amagansett platform to accommodate it has been jackhammered out. The tracks for the spur from the main line to the space created are under construction. Pretty soon Bordeaux’s creation—a dozen bronze pieces, straphangers all—will be on display for the general public inside a subway train parked there. The arrangement of the pieces will change regularly so we can have a new wine and cheese gallery opening each month. The display will be called “Straphangers,” and enjoyed by lucky subway users in Amagansett for many years. ANOTHER TROPHY Hampton Subway has picked up another award for its sterling service, this time for Best Lighted Subway System, Northeastern United States Region for Cities of Less Than 200,000. Hampton Subway Commissioner Bill Aspinall was on hand to receive the trophy at the International Subway Commission’s annual retreat in Rio de Janeiro last week. “We are flattered and honored to receive this award. It could not have happened without the diligent work of our maintenance staff in selecting the proper wattage for the light bulbs on our line.” CLOSE MECOX? In addition to surveying straphangers about (continued on next page)

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