The Subway

313 - Subway

The Subway (season 3, episode 13)

written by Larry Charles, directed by Tom Cherones
original airdate: January 8, 1992

A subway ride leads to four very bizarre experiences for the gang. Train delays cause Elaine to miss a lesbian wedding. Jerry befriends an overweight exhibitionist. George meets a woman on the train and skips a job interview. Kramer overhears a hot tip on a horse.

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The Improv

Jerry’s Apartment
The apartment is only mentioned, NOT seen. George takes Jerry’s keys to pick up his spare at the apartment, due to the fact that George has been robbed of his keys, wallet, clothes…and dignity.

Monk’s Café
After being split up on various adventures across the city, the gang reunites at Monk’s…including George, wearing only a hotel bed sheet, after having his suit and wallet stolen.

Coney Island, Brooklyn, NEW YORK (map)
nearest subway: Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (D,F,N,Q)
Jerry heads to Coney Island to pick up his car that was stolen in “The Alternate Side.” Kramer gives Jerry the following convoluted directions:
KRAMER: All right, Coney Island. Okay, you can take the B or the F and switch for the N at Broadway-Lafayette, or you can go over the bridge to DeKalb and catch the Q to Atlantic Avenue, then switch to the IRT 2, 3, 4 or 5, but don’t get on the G. See, that’s very tempting, but you wind up on Smith and 9th Street, then you got to get on the R.
ELAINE: Couldn’t he just take the D straight to Coney Island?
KRAMER: Well, yeah…

Grand Central-42nd Street Station
E. 42nd St. and Park Ave., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: Grand Central – 42nd Street (4,5,6,7,S)
The gang takes the 5 Lexington Avenue Express train together, until they all depart and head in opposite directions. This station is accessible on the 4, 5, 6, 7 or S lines.

Astroland (NOW CLOSED)
1000 Surf Ave., Coney Island, Brooklyn, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (D,F,N,Q)
Jerry invites the gang to join him on Coney Island, for a ride on the Cyclone. Jerry also mentions the Cyclone in his closing monologue, noting that riding the D train to Brooklyn as being more exhilarating than riding the Cyclone.

Nathan’s Famous
1310 Surf Ave., Coney Island, Brooklyn, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue (D,F,N,Q)
Jerry further tries getting someone to go with him, even offering hot dogs at Nathan’s on him.

14th Street Station
W. 14th St. and Sixth Ave., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 14th Street (F,M)
An establishing shot during the episode shows a train pulling in to 14th Street Station on the IND Sixth Avenue Line. This station is accessible on the F or M lines.

28th Street Station
W. 28th St. and Seventh Ave., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 28th Street (1,2)
An establishing shot during the episode when George meets Luanne the scam artist shows the train whizzing through 28th Street station on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line. This station is accessible on the 1 or 2 lines.

Hotel Edison
228 W. 47th St., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 49th Street (N,Q,R)
George is famously handcuffed to a hotel bed by a con artist he met on the subway, who robs him of his suit and the only $8 he has.

OTB Off-Track Betting (NOW CLOSED)
714 Third Ave., New York, NEW YORK 
(map)
nearest subway: Grand Central – 42nd Street (4,5,6,7,S)

Kramer wins $18,000 by betting on a mudder he overheard about on the subway. This OTB is shown next to a store called Ecstasy Ladies Fashion. Thank you to Bilita Mpash for spotting the location!

Moe Ginsburg (NOW CLOSED)
162 Fifth Ave., New York, NEW YORK
(map)
nearest subway: 23rd Street (N,R)
George’s only suit (a discount one he bought for $350) is stolen by Louann while he is handcuffed to a hotel bed.

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4 thoughts on “The Subway

    • Hey – thanks for reaching out! I checked the episode and there are no indicators of the OTB’s address, although I do see from a quick search there was a location here once upon a time. How do you know this was the one from the episode, did you used to live near there? Thanks!

      • Nah, I never lived in NYC.

        I located the OTB office with Google Maps 2-3 years ago. Back then, the location was more recognizable because Wendy’s hadn’t moved in yet. Most of the white brick exterior was visible (today, only a small section can be seen at the top right of Wendy’s red sign), and the overall facade more closely matched what was shown in the episode.

        The most telling clue is the TIAA Building in the background. It has a distinctive exterior that is visible in both the episode (at 19m37s, or 19m14s in the syndicated cut) and GMaps. The building appears larger in GMaps due to major additions completed in 1993–after the episode aired–but the exterior design hasn’t changed and is unmistakable.

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