First Snow 2016

Yesterday we had our first snowfall of the year, and first this winter. This morning there was still a thin blanket of snow:

   
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~Izzy

Freezing Morning Commute Attempt

This morning I suffered the WORST commute I’ve ever had in my life! The temperature was at the freezing mark, but it felt like -5F with the windchill factor when I woke up. When I headed out to work, it felt like 7F. I was running a bit late because I left something & had to go back for it, but it was just a few minutes. I missed a train as I approached the station. There seemed to be delays but that’s no surprise to me anymore. I just didn’t expect it to be like it was.

The next 2 train came in packed like a sardine can. There was just enough room for one person to get on, but Bag Man, who I hadn’t seen in a while, bypassed me & got on. After that a string of 5 trains ran on the local track & stopped at my station (it doesn’t stop during rush hour). I lost track of how many stopped, about 10-15 minutes between each one. I could’ve gotten on one, but then I would’ve had to either switch to the 7 train which has the passage of hell to get to my job, or walk from Grand Central, which would force me to put up with the freezing temperature longer. Plus, a woman who was waiting with me part of the time kept going back to the station worker who told her a 2 train was coming. They were all 5 trains that came.

When yet another 5 train arrived, I lost it. I let out a colorful string of choice words I had to the subway system. I had waited on the elevated platform, exposed to the elements for an hour!! I called my boss on the verge of tears because I couldn’t feel my fingers or toes. I ended up going home to warm up & took half a personal day. Even by the time I made it to work, by feet were cold.

Today has been the coldest day this winter, hopefully this isn’t how the rest of it will be.

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~Izzy

Two Missed Trains

I missed my train this morning. It was already at my station when I crossed over to the entrance staircase. I wasn’t even halfway up the stairs when a second train arrived. I wouldn’t have made it even if I ran for it. When I passed the turnstiles, I saw I’d have to wait 10 minutes for the next train. So much for getting to work on time.

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~Izzy

New Hudson Yards Station

Last month, the new Hudson Yards station on the 7 line opened to the public. It the first new train station on the NYC subway system since 1989. I had a chance to use it this past weekend to get to the Jacob Javits Center for NYCC (New York Comic Con). I have to say I was unimpressed by the new station. It’s very bland, with the only color being an overhead mosaic at the entrance/exit & the plants of the surprisingly aesthetically pleasing “green space.” I guess they used some inspiration from the nearby High Line, which happens to be one of my favorite places in the city.

Riding into the station from Times Square-42nd St, you can hear & feel a difference in the train. You feel like you’re going through a time-warp tunnel & you’re hearing time pass by. There are lights at close intervals throughout the expanded tunnel, making you feel like you’re in a twilight zone. The platform is wider than any station I’ve been to, which accommodate the extra-wide staircases well. To enter/leave the station you can use several STEEP escalators (watch out those who suffer from vertigo, fear of heights, etc.) or use the incline elevator, which I have yet to use. I really feel they should’ve placed a mosaic mural on the wall behind the elevator, instead of the bare concrete wall.

It will be interesting to see how the station use progresses. It’s definitely convenient for those going to shows & conferenes at the Jacob Javits Center or to the High Line without the 20 minute crosstown walk. Bolt Bus & Mega Bus users will also appreciate its proximity to the bus stops. I know my sister, KM, would’ve loved it when we went to Baltimore in late January, lol. The only down side is its only serviced by the 7 train which you’ll have to catch at Times Square. Maybe in the future they’ll add a connection to Penn Station.

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~Izzy

Elderly Tourist Day in NYC?

I was on my way to a crochet class (going to give it a try as a hobby) when a bunch of elderly tourists got on at several of the Harlem stations (thanks a lot gentrification!). Did I miss a memo? Is it Eldery Tourist Day in NYC? There were SO MANY of them!

Most were completely oblivious yet disoriented. Some were accompanied by their adult offspring & grandchildren, who had complete disregard over train etiquette. One particular granddaughter had a young NYer pinned against the center pole. She looked like she was ready to snap on her, but didn’t because she was getting off at the next stop. She literally had to wiggle & squeeze her way out!
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~Izzy

Sandals & Shorts in October?!

 
Can you spot them? It’s not even 60F in NYC! Sure he’s wearing socks & a flannel shirt, but come on!! One of his companions was an older man wearing a straw hat! Where the hell did they come from? LOL!

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~Izzy