Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Enjoying The NYC Subways

I'll post my Air Train pictures later, G-d willing.  Those NYC subways are sure more fun than they were decades ago.  Maybe it's my Israeli mind-set, but I didn't feel the tension/fears that once accompanied travels on them.  Just like most American TV series I've seen of late, there seems to be a color/racial integration in New York that was a "dream" in the 1960's.  You can see it in dress and body language.

My "Rip VanWinkle" experience was in how I learned to "deposit" exactly the sum I needed into my Metrocard, so I wouldn't get stuck with unusable dollar "investments."  This was the first time that I actually found my first (and usually only) payment insufficient.  When I needed the Air Train, which costs $5-, I only had $2.90 in the card and the "red-jacketed" attendant assisted me in depositing $2.10.  I'm still amazed.

If I'm not mistaken, I took the following pictures when walking to the 42nd Street Shuttle.  The colors and music made it a real treat!  It reminded me of the Jerusalem Ben Yehuda Midrachov, closed-to-traffic street.




6 comments:

Jennifer in MamaLand said...

NYC has definitely changed - though I am too young to remember it at its baddest. :-)
I had zero qualms about taking my older kids down there last summer and just hanging around Manhattan. We took subways, it was so much fun.
We noticed, though - no fat people on the NYC subways. Everybody moves SO fast, I figure you either get fit or you get out.

Batya said...

I noticed lots of tourist families and local families. This has been the situation the past few years. NY has always been a "run-run" type of place. Pedestrians don't pay attention to the traffic lights, just check if cars are coming.

Leora said...

I'm glad you had fun traveling the subways in NYC. I always get a little nervous - how much am I supposed to pay? How do I insert the money in those machines? Boston subways have changed a lot, too.

Leah, Maaleh Adumim said...

Leora - like this?
http://www.mit.edu/~jdreed/t/charlie.html

Batya said...

Leora, you have to buy a ticket/metrocard and fill it according to how much you think you'll need it. I found all the staff very helpful.
Leah, I love that song!! Thanks

Leah, Maaleh Adumim said...

glad you liked it, Batya!

performance by the Kingston Trio (after the 3 weeks, of course):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VMSGrY-IlU