Look for slightly dirty areas on the edge of the subway platform Nope, it's not magic. That's the place where the doors of the train line up, so if you stand there, you'll be the first in (after people get off, of course) and most likely to get a seat. It also gives you more time to get the stroller and the rest of the kiddos in without rushing.
In May 1977, Curtis Sliwa created the "Magnificent 13," a group dedicated to combating violence and crime on the New York City subways. At the time, the city was experiencing a crime wave. The Magnificent 13 grew and was renamed the Guardian Angels. The group's actions drew strong reactions, both positive and negative.