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Fuckin’ Stairs

Vigilant commuter Dean Peterson (whose work we’ve mentioned before) noticed something about his subway station, the 36th Street D/N/R station. One of the steps––it looks like the fifth or sixth step from the top––is just about an inch higher than the others. That is, it’s not enough higher that you’re likely to notice it visually, but enough higher that you will almost certainly trip over it. I can only imagine Peterson noticed it after weeks of tripping over it, maybe after a stubbed toe or two, but like any true artist, he saw these literal stumbles as an opportunity. An opportunity to snicker at other people. (The best part is when the guy with the baby nearly squashes it when he trips over the offending step.)

Does anyone else know about this mysterious jerkass step? Part of me sort of hopes it’s some kind of art project, like a more conceptual version of the Tom Otterness alligators at 14th Street-8th Avenue who are literally eating the tiny surrounding commuters. It’s more likely to have been a careless step mason, but either way, the person who can’t measure steps is teaching the good people of the 36th Street station a valuable lesson: this is New York City. You gotta watch out.