I was heading out to Long Island City to see the art presentation of a friend and to get there I had to take the #7 train which I caught out of Grand Central Station. To the best of my knowledge I had not been on this particular line in a number of years and since I knew that it went outside after a few stops underground I decided to try my hand at some videography.
For the experiment I used my little Sony Cybershot camera and did this from the front car (obviously) and got what I could. The window was dirty and the tunnel dark and tricky to get a clear handle on but for what this was supposed to be it worked out just fine. Now any of you readers from far away places know one of the other things to do when you visit.
By now, all the card carrying New Yorkers know about the MTA subway fare increase and as expected we are all rather upset about it because services remain lackluster while ridership seems to be up more and more each day but it is what it is. The reason I’m posting something is because the other day when I went to refill/replace my card, I saw the sign posting below as I began my transaction. Yep. If you want a new card you will be charged an additional $1 so you might want to hold onto a couple of your depleted ones so you can just refill them and not face the additional charge. I guess someone finally decided that all the tens of thousands of plastic cards that are laying around in the stations and in the streets are unnecessary litter.
Every once in awhile I like to showcase some visuals that I have captured in my travels that relate to the subway system or that which is in close proximity. These couple of shots were taken way back in early 2010 while on an adventure with my buddy the Beehivehairdresser. I just liked the way they looked to me and decided to finally post them. Enjoy.
By the way, this is the “D” train line elevated rails. I was on or around 18th Avenue and I think the cross with New Utrecht. It’s the same shot but with a slightly different perspective.
I’ve more in some of my photo folders and as I dig them out of my own personal archive I will try to keep presenting this kind of stuff to you on the blog. As I have often said, I prefer posting things here as opposed to Facebook.
There is never a doubt in my mind that I get to endeavor upon a number of interesting things in pursuing my passion as music photographer and journalist but after the evening is all said and done and the goodbye’s have been said, it’s time to make the dreaded trek out to my neck of the woods in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. A lovely region that is most generally accessible by the “R” train line. This local train is reliable during the daytime but when the later evening hours happen upon us the story is an entirely different one. While only a good 45 minutes at best out of the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple, depending on the hour you are heading back to base, it can take upwards of two hours. This happened to me the other night and since the camera was being examined in its bag I decided to use the snappy Sony to snag an image of this cruel reminder of the state of affairs I was in tonight. Yes, the train runs here but “except” for late nights.
The journey involves getting whatever you can get to DeKalb Avenue where you will then need to switch for a now running local “N” Train. The “N” is not too bad a ride when it is running on time but there have been instances where I was waiting at DeKalb avenue for over thirty minutes. When that happens it downright sucks. You’ll then get off this “N” at 59th Street which lets you change for the hopefully arriving soon “R” train, but let me tell you that it very seldom is a timely thing once you get there. It’s almost like a black hole for time in the mind of the NYC commuter. The “R” train now runs as a shuttle train and goes from 95th Street to 36th and back. It does this to be able to switch sides but it really would be better if it just went from 95th to 59th and back but it does not always do that.
You might think my labeling 59th Street as Purgatory as a little unfair but your attitude will change if you ever find yourself waiting for more than forty five minutes to go a mere four stops (or even less as some people need to do). I tell you if I didn’t have more than a two mile walk and it being the dead of the night that I would walk the distance and never worry about it. Alas I do not have that luxury and must wait it out. Sigh.
While there are usually other travelers stranded with you, there are going to be some rare occasions where the train is as empty as you see in the photo above. This particular shot for example was one of those nights but I admit even this is a rare thing to find happening. I usually emerge from the car like a zombie hitting the streets with several other folks who look at hungry for sleep as I do. Depending on how tired I am at this time, the glowing beacon that is the never closing Dunkin Donuts just across the street sometimes draws me in for a late, late coffee.
It’s seldom that I will actually stick around the Dunkin spot with said coffee, unless there are guests joining me who needed the couch for the evening. Usually its just back to the site headquarters for some now much needed shut eye. Hopefully a few hours sleep will find me ready to Rock & Roll again once more.