VIDEO: TRAIN RIDE TO CONEY ISLAND IN 1987

I love coming across stuff like this. We live in an era of technological wonder, so we've grown accustomed to documenting our everyday lives through Facebook, Twitter, Vine, and all the countless other forms of social media and video sharing that I'm overlooking. Even though I live in Philadelphia, I can get a clear idea of exactly what it's like to ride the subway in Hong Kong, land at San Francisco International Airport, or take a trip on the TransMilenio rapid transit bus system in Bogota, Colombia. Sure, social media can be invasive in some regards, but incredibly educational in others.

This video chronicles the journey of a few characters impeccably adorned in 80s fashion taking a 14-mile trek on the N train from 14th St./Union Square in Manhattan down to Coney Island/Stillwell Ave. in Brooklyn. 

The graffiti will jump right out at you, which was a major problem with the New York City subway system in the 1970s and 1980s. Despite it not looking like the safest or most attractive setting, I love the diversity of the riders in this video -- both those who are the main focus and the people in the background who are just trying to mind their own business. Even a simple ride on a city's mass transit system can be a reminder that you aren't the main focus; that you're part of something bigger.

Go ahead and enjoy a grainy, carefree ride from 1987: