Everyone in New York is always bitching about the subway system. And there's plenty of grievances: The crappy condition of the stations, the capricious weekend service, the indifference of some of the booth attendants, and the utter malign neglect of the MTA itself.
But I would like to say this: The uptown platform of the 6 train at 23rd St smells wonderful. I'm serious, it's like fabric softener and soap or perfume something. It almost makes me want to linger on the platform and drink in the incongruity of such a filthy platform smelling like a freshman girl's dorm room in which you're about to hook up for the first time.
I'd totally pay the fare hike if they could make them all smell like this, and eliminate the usual miasma of bum pee and brake dust.