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It’s official: The struggle is real and it lives at Port Authority Bus Terminal. If you have had the misfortune of visiting Port Authority, you already know it isn’t the most glamorous place in the world. It tends to smell and the escalators seem like they will lead to certain death. It’s not a place you want to be after dark. Or before dark. Or ever.

Yelp reviewers overwhelmingly agree, and they lambast Port Authority with particular flair.

1. “Do not stop. Do not pass go. Do not use the bathroom.”

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2. Mark J. calls it “the armpit of NYC.”

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3. Paul L. compliments the “circa 1980 Burger King-like interior.”

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4. Joe B. notes that the place is “really one big steaming pile of sh*t !!”

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5. Bill T. also doesn’t recommend the restroom — and thinks that the place is like a Pat Benatar video.

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6. “A great and terrible evil resides in this place — 3 stars.”

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Despite its noted terrors, Port Authority is a New York City institution. It gets you where you need to go, and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Still, we would proceed with caution — and maybe travel with a buddy.

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