Report: MTA Depriving Riders of Fans in Subway Stations

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 29: Commuters wait for the subway August 29, 2011 in New York City. One day after Hurricane Irene hit New York the mass transit system, including subways and buses, began moving again in a limited capacity in time for Monday's rush hour. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Photo: Joe Raedle/2011 Getty Images

The MTA has been holding out on smothered, sweaty riders in oppressively hot subway stations, according to NY1. The news channel reports that New York City Transit previously used a "secret weapon" — a giant fan intended to remove smoke in case of a fire — to cool down two of the city's hottest stations several years ago. Said a miserably hot rider at a fan-less station in Washington Heights, "I wish I had an ice pack jacket on." Brookstone actually sells ice jackets, but only for bottles. Perhaps an entire coat comprised of ice bottle jackets?