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Second Avenue Subway is running

Discussion in 'New York/US' started by paolo, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. paolo

    paolo Well-Known Member

    MTA video, cheesy in places, good in others.



    I'm sure it's had it's challenges, and the stations are clearly about 100x better than the old ones, but blimey - London's Jubilee Line extension totally knocks this out of the park.

    Still, for one bit of Manhattan, it'll be really welcome.
     
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  2. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Ooh, I'll have to check it out if I finally get back to NY. You're right: their subway feels like it's about a decade behind London's in technology.
     
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  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I like the art work though. Really nice.
     
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  4. paolo

    paolo Well-Known Member

    Maybe I'm being unfair. The second avenue subway is not serving a major destination like Canary Wharf. That - as a tube station - is truly epic. But then again a few stops away is Bermondsey, no huge footfall, and it looks marvellous.
     
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  5. DaveCinzano

    DaveCinzano WATCH OUT, GEORGE, HE'S GOT A SCREWDRIVER!

    Looks nice

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  6. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books


    Good sympathetic local and human connectins (note the remembering of the old 3d Ave El , which the 2nd Ave S was supposed to replace !) , bit of a tonic to the never-ending grey we get in all "new" London stations and refurbs. Compare this grey drabness to the Edwardian tilework on our older stations , - well you cannot really.
     
  7. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    hmm I think Baker Street and Westminter are both nice, can't say the same for any of the ny subway including this new stuff.
     
  8. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    JLE cost a fortune though, and we will not see its like again any time soon. Crossrail is all very functional and easy-clean.
     
  9. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    Interesting - that the original subway in 1904 had extra money put in the construction for the rather fine mosaic tiling on the original stations , hand done by long gone Italian workers , nice to see that spirit has continued. (plus the original tilework and mosaics have been listed , or nicely refurbished)
     
  10. DaveCinzano

    DaveCinzano WATCH OUT, GEORGE, HE'S GOT A SCREWDRIVER!

    But oh my gosh, New Yorkers certainly seem full of themselves :D :thumbs:
     
  11. paolo

    paolo Well-Known Member

    Nice. Some original stuff... which station?
     
  12. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    Many of the original "contract one" stations - the old IRT or Independant Rapid Transit system - in today's money the no 1 and 6 lines (Manhattan to 137th Street) and the 2,3,4,5 lines from Brooklyn up the East Side. The other key lines - the BMT (Brooklyn- Manhattan) which was privately operated until 1940 also did very similar tileworks - the city built and funded IND (Independant Subway System) - also maintained a restricted but quite attractive station name tilework.

    There is a huge amount written and on line about this - check out NYCsubway.org for detailed station profiles - particular favourites of mine are Astor Place (tilework of beavers as the Astors made their first fortunes through fur trapping) , and Hudson Street (representation of the ferry)

    Agreed the older stations look bleak with the river studded girders , but the station tiles and so on are an absolute joy. My wife , who is no transit fan , was quite taken with them and spent a good while photographing them.
     
  13. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

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    Some examples - City Hall is disused , but empty trains loop round from Brooklyn Bridge and if you ask nicely, the conductor(s) will let you ride round and see the splendour above - sort of NYV versionof the Kennington loop to let trains turn round to go back up north.Sorry for double posting Fulton Street !
     

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  14. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

    Do we actually know how much more expensive? Particularly, how much putting some effort into the stations cost compared to what it would have been with the uber-blandness we've seen in subsequent projects?
     
  15. petee

    petee i'm spartacus

    i rode it first day, of course, and it will actually affect my travel patterns, quite an improvement in fact. the artwork at 86th is oppressive though.
     
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  16. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    Interesting to see how it settles down - should make a real difference to the 4/5/6 lines which have mega crowding. Appreciate any feedback. What is your normal commute out of interest ?
     
  17. petee

    petee i'm spartacus

    already has
    http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/03/nyregion/second-avenue-subway-commute.html

    my commute is very short, i walk (lucky me). but i have need to go to long island often enough, and now i can get to/from penn station without having to change, on a cleaner and faster line, and it leaves me twice as close to my front door. i just don't want to be made to look at philip glass's 10 foot tall face every time i board :mad:
     
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  18. paolo

    paolo Well-Known Member

    Difficult to know whether we are blessed here in London or not. Fares are so different and so much more.

    BUUT... I just looked at the L train "now and next" for 1st avenue (where I'm staying in a month).

    The train interval is SEVEN minutes? WTF? All that expense of track and tunnels and... It's an auto line. Not sure if moving block (getting spoddy here) buuuut?

    Compare and contrast: Victoria line peak. 105 SECONDS interval.
     
  19. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Unfair comparison, really. The 34tph Victoria line is one of the most frequent 2-track routes in the world, which crosses over the center of the city, while the L is a relatively sleepy mid-town service. The major NYC routes are 4-tracked in the downtown section, allowing 59tph combined local/express on the East Side Line for example.

    NYC subway beats the tube on all major measures - route length, passengers carried, train size, opening hours. Cheaper too.
     
  20. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    The technology has dragged way behind London though - it wasn't that long ago they were still using tokens for travel, and London was years ahead in letting passengers use contactless cards. They're not getting it until 2021!

    NYC Subway Ride: Buh-Bye MetroCard, Hello Wireless Payment - But Not Until 2021
     
  21. petee

    petee i'm spartacus

    it used to be (i remember riding it when it still had wicker seats) but isn't anymore: the areas of bklyn it serves have been massively developed and now it's a sardine can at times. (and it's downtown really, not midtown [/pedant].) but 7 minutes is no time at all. in farther queens you'll wait 20 minutes during off hours.

    this has been a major topic amongst subway fans, who are very frustrated that we don't have the equivalent of the oyster card (tho' i don't have that opinion, for reasons).

    three blogs if yiz are really interested:
    Second Ave. Sagas - A New York City Subway Blog
    vanshnookenraggen
    Pedestrian Observations (about transit worldwide, not just NYC, but the writer is very thoughtful)
     
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  22. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I used to ride it before Brooklyn turned into developer heaven, and it was always a nice quiet ride. The last few times I've been it's been jam packed any time of the day.
     
  23. petee

    petee i'm spartacus

    one i forgot
    The Launch Box
    great photos from the early days of the construction

    also a flashpoint. the L is automated (as said above) and the MTA tossed out the idea of making other lines/all the lines automated, and the TWU went ballistic and stopped it for the foreseeable. it really is a bad idea.
     

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