Saturday, March 14, 2009
Smitten with the Subway
Okay, I'll really sound like a hopeless tourist, but I adore the NYC transit system. I hope the people who live here truly appreciate what they have! Yes, it can be dirty. Yes, it can be crowded. Yes, there are times the announcements are completely garbled and I'm left four stops beyond where I wanted to be without knowing why. Yes, I sometimes see rats (but I kind of like that—it's like spotting wildlife). But—for $2 I can go anywhere in this glorious city. I can go from Park Slope to Lincoln Center in 20 minutes (well...not after midnight, mind you). During those 20 minutes, I don't have to navigate or look for parking or deal with traffic. I can READ. I have accomplished more reading during my stay here than I normally do at home, and it's due to the added bonus of subway reading time. There are entire novels that I've read solely on subway rides. I love it. It never gets old—the fact that millions of people are moved all over this city every single day. It is truly a beautiful, astonishing system when you think about it. Okay, I'll stop gushing. I know when I leave here, it is one of the things I'll miss the most (just like I miss the sound of Ohio's true quiet while I'm here).
And how often do you ever get an entire subway car to yourself? Hee hee. This phenomen happened one weekday afternoon on an A-train way up in "Upstate Manhattan" (as I heard someone call it).