Subway Photo Series (1/2/3 Trains) – 1st Attempt

Back in July I wrote a post about starting a Subway Photo Series, photographing all the NYC subway lines. I had some personal days earned at my new job, which don’t carry over in January, so I was “forced” to take them. I didn’t want to deal with traveling during the holidays, so I decided to take a “stay-cation”. Today was my first day & I decided to get started on my Subway Photo Series.

I planned my itinerary on the 1/2/3 trains, which is the red line on the map. I live along the 2 train line so I took the uptown to the last stop, Wakefield – 241 St. There I met a couple of the transit workers, who were very friendly & asked me about my photographs. I told them I was taking photos for my blog, dedicated to my experiences on the subway. The one who initiated the conversation had a great sense of humor, telling me not to post pictures of him looking lazy with his hands in his pockets. I assured him I hadn’t taken any pictures of him. He said I should take a picture with one of the other workers, but I told him I didn’t post pictures of myself, unless it was my shadow or any shot that isn’t easily identifiable. I want people to check my blog for its content, not what I look like. In hindsight, maybe I should’ve suggested taking a group picture, since they seemed so open to being photographed for my blog. One of them asked me for the blog address, so I gave it to him. He quickly got on it, lol. That actually got me thinking that I should have business cards printed for the blog, so I can hand them out whenever someone shows interest in reading it.

Unfortunately, I got a late start, plus my new camera filter wouldn’t unscrew after I put it on, so I didn’t get as many pictures as I wanted. I also got side-tracked when I got to Atlantic Avenue, because I wanted to check out some items at the Target there. It was mayhem, so I ended up just getting a latte at their Starbucks. I will try to get the rest of the 2 Train line, in addition to the 3 train & 1 train, as I initially planned. Below are the pictures I managed to get today:

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Feel free to post comments or share similar experiences, whether in NYC or elsewhere.

~Izzy

First Snowfall of the 2013-2014 Season

The real snow has finally arrived in NYC. I have a love/hate relationship with snow. I love how the sereneness of it as it falls & sticks to the ground. It makes my dull neighborhood look pretty for a brief moment. But I hate that as quickly as is lands on the ground, the traffic on foot & vehicles turn it into a slippery, dirty slush. I also hate that snowfall means wearing layers & heavy boots. But most of all, I hate that snow gives the trains & buses in our transit system an excuse for even more delays.

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Feel free to post comments or share similar experiences, whether in NYC or elsewhere.

~Izzy

Missed Trains & Icy Slush

This morning I missed two trains, one as I was crossing the street to the station, the other as I was approaching the elevated stairs to the station. When I went thru the turnstile, I glanced at the estimated arrival for the next train…12 minutes!!

I walked carefully to my usual spot at the front of the platform. They hadn’t cleared the slippery, icy slush that fell overnight:

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Finally the train arrived, it was packed of course. As I debated whether to try getting in or not, I noticed it was the 5 train, which is express & normally doesn’t stop at my station during rush hour. When the next 2 train finally arrived, I quickly got in, just to get smacked with the nauseating smell of cheap soap normally found at 99¢ stores & discount stores. Needless to say this is not a good start to my work week.

Feel free to post comments or share similar experiences, whether in NYC or elsewhere.

~Izzy

Morning Onion B.O.

How can someone have onion B.O. this early in the morning?! Someone on my train was oozing unbearably strong onion stench, no food in sight.

Feel free to post comments or share similar experiences, whether in NYC or elsewhere.

~Izzy