NYC subway: Weird animals and items found underground

If you’ve ever spotted a pigeon or a raccoon on the NYC subway, you’re not alone: See the weirdest items the MTA has uncovered from the NYC subway.

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The story of a dead shark found on the N train went viral this summer, but the MTA regularly uncovers odd stuff on the NYC subway, much of which never makes it into the news. Check out a selection of the weirdest animals and items found on the NYC subway, including coins used in place of tokens (not the most effective way to skirt paying a fare, eh?) and vermin galore.


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1. Chamber pot, clay smoking-pipe stem, bone toothbrush

From the 2011 excavation of the Fulton Street Transit Center extension

2. Coins, washers and buttons people used as tokens to avoid paying the fare

Found in various places throughout the system, including turnstiles

3. Possum

42nd St–Bryant Park station

4. Raccoon

On the 5 train, somewhere in the Bronx

5. Backpack filled with puppies for sale

Location unknown

6. Pigeons riding inside a subway car

On the A train near the Rockaways

7. Remnants of meals from the 18th century, including animal bones, cherry and peach pits, and coffee beans

From the 2004 excavation of the South Ferry station on the 1 line

8. Couch on a subway platform

W 4th St station

9. Rat riding the escalator

On the uptown B/D/F/M platform at 34th St–Herald Sq

10. Dead shark


Not pictured: Staged full-course dinner On the L train in 2011, Michael Bublé singing On the 1 train platform at 66th St–Lincoln Ctr, Man playing an upright piano On the L train platform at Eighth Ave


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