Photograph by Carly Hoogendyk, Courtesy of Caveat 

Untapped Cities Insiders are invited aboard for a deep dive into the history of the MTA with the fourth installment of Why Your Train is F*cked, presented by Caveat. Whether you love it, hate it, or want to compose more informed rage-tweets about it during your next 20 minute delay – we’ve got you covered. The subject of this installment is the Second Avenue subway!

Hosts Meg Pierson (TEDx, Alchemy Comedy) and Justin Williams (City College, SirusXM), along with a mysterious anonymous ghostwriter (who is a city employee), will conduct the show through the twists and turns of history; revealing unbelievable stories, subway life-hacks, and truly upsetting details about our subway system. This month, Pierson and Williams will be joined by architect and graphic designer Candy Chan. Chan is the creator of Project Subway NYC, a home to her intricate 3D visualizations of the city’s subway stations (and trivia, sketches, and photographs). Her work has been featured on Wired, FastCoDesign, Tech Insider, Time Out New York, CityLab, and 99% Invisible, among others.

Meg Pierson is a Brooklyn resident who co-founded Alchemy Comedy Theater in South Carolina. In addition to helping to write and produce the pet health video series Cone of Shame, Meg travels internationally teaching improv workshops at veterinary conferences – she isn’t a vet but if your cat’s peeing outside of the litterbox it’s probably a UTI. She’s a two-time emcee of TEDx Greenville and currently hosts Versus at Caveat every second Saturday. In her free time, she offers people jobs at Axiom Law.

Justin Williams is an Assistant Professor of History at the City College of New York.  Justin is also a comedian that has been featured on Comedy Central’s, Mashable, SiriusXM Radio, The Elite Daily, Men’s Health Magazine, The Kansas City Star, ‘Morning Buzz Live‘ on VH1, ‘Trial by Laughter’ on Comcast, ‘Laughs’ on Fox and ‘The Comedy Show Show’ on Seeso.

DATE: Thursday, September 20th from 6:30PM to 8:30PM

PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders! ($15 in advance, $18 at the door for general public)

CAPACITY: 20 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis.

THINGS TO KNOW: This event is mixed seated and standing room. Seats are first-come first-serve. Must be 21+ to attend. This show will be recorded for publication as a podcast.

REGISTRATION: Thursday, September 6th at 12PM EST


If you are already an Untapped Cities Insider, log in to your account and sign up for this tour on this page when registration opens on 9/6 at 12 PM EST.

If you are not an Untapped Cities Insider yet, join today and register for this tour on this page when tickets go live 9/6 at 12 PM EST.

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Tickets are limited to one per member, unless the member is an Explorer level member and can bring a guest. Tickets are non transferable and your membership must be active when the tour takes placeEach booking will be verified to ensure each guest is a member. 

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See our full list of Untapped Cities Insiders Tours and our upcoming Public Tours.