I remember waiting for the subway once with my grandfather. 81st Street, Museum of Natural History stop. He walked to the edge of the platform and leaned over to see if a train was coming. That image is frozen in my mind. He was not a physical man and I was convinced he would tip over and fall over, down to the tracks. He didn’t. When the train came, we got on and an older guy kept looking at me and I thought he was going to mug us.
Mug. That was a word that was always on my mind as a kid in New York. I don’t hear it so much anymore. Not “jack” or “rob.” Mug. Whenever I was on the subway I’d try to guess who would mug me and how I could escape.
[Photo Credit: Bruce Davidson]