is not the loneliest number…
is not the loneliest number…
The Challenge Door!
The response: The Subway!
You may recall from yesterday that Ailsa’s travel theme this week is metal. My first go was just yesterday (here). I have been out of the house since about 6:30 this morning and had no idea what I would blog about. I went to download some pictures from Tuesday and the answer struck me, like the sudden appearance of a rich uncle the hero never knew he had, in a bad 20’s young adult book. NYC has lots of metal but one thing truly stands out…the tourists best friend and worst nightmare…
Here are other views of metal…
The Challenge: Street Life
New York City offers many possibilities on this topic but after I checked through the archives I figured I should see what some of the other responses were. I came across this post from Vlad over at Wind Against Current and had an Aha! moment. I decided to complete his trip…In NYC we frequently take the street underground. It can look something like this…
or it can look something like this…
Here are some other views…
and finally street views from Andra Watkins, The Accidental Cootchie Mama. If all went according to plan she should have finished today less than 75 miles from Nashville. That means she has walked 370 miles over the 444 mile Natchez Trace. Given her effort, you really should check out her book. To Live Forever An Afterlife Journey Of Meriwether Lewis.
While trapped at 96th Street in the pouring rain with no umbrella I realized I am not making it home to do my planned post. Something broke at the 137th Street subway station and trains are not running between 137 and 96. NYC is no different than the rest of the country. Our infrastructure is past its sell by date, here and everywhere in the “greatest country in the world”. We would rather cut taxes, leave real unemployment above 10%, expand our military pointlessly, fight over a women’s sexuality and in general piss on each other’s shoes, than rebuild the country for the 21st century and beyond.
The building I am featuring was built in a year and 45 days. The new World Trade Center still isn’t finished.
A wonderful view of a now ended New York “tradition”.
Thankfully the existence of the Metrocard spelled doom for the practice of token sucking, or “stuff and suck.”
Yet for decades, it was not uncommon for the criminally inclined or desperate to inhale a token out of the turnstile.
“The criminal carefully jams the token slot with a matchbook or a gum wrapper and waits for a would-be rider to plunk a token down,” wrote Randy Kennedy in 2003 in his wonderful but now-defunct New York Times column, Tunnel Vision.
“The token plunker bangs against the locked turnstile and walks away in frustration. Then from the shadows, the token sucker appears like a vampire, quickly sealing his lips over the token slot, inhaling powerfully and producing his prize: a $1.50 token, hard earned and obviously badly needed.”
Some token suckers amassed more than $50 in tokens a day, wrote…
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