Look for slightly dirty areas on the edge of the subway platform Nope, it's not magic. That's the place where the doors of the train line up, so if you stand there, you'll be the first in (after people get off, of course) and most likely to get a seat. It also gives you more time to get the stroller and the rest of the kiddos in without rushing.
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Times Square Subway- I stood in a pouring thunderstorm once before running into this quickly flooding train entrance in Times Square. Water off the streets was pouring down the side of the entrance like a waterfall. Once inside, I had to teach two NYC policemen how to purchase and use metro cards.