Monday, January 14, 2008

1 Train - 125 St. (Day 1, stop #19)

Out: The huge understructure of the subway line dominates the streetscape. A large, arching construction with thin metal girders and peeling paint, the above ground portion of the 1 stretches for over 10 blocks around here. Besides this there is the typical array of fast food and some small mom and pop stores. A few signs of gentrification, with some white folk around. Pretty close to Columbia. Mostly black, though; pretty busy intersection in the shadow of the train tracks. Most of the buildings around are red-brick tenements, some low-slung commercial.

In: Elevated station, very high off the ground. Looks recently renovated, with white panels with green separators. Also some frosted, thick glass on windows overlooking the side. Station house is fairly small and offers crossover to other side. 2 plat, 3 track setup for express bypass. From the plat can see Riverside Church, GWB, the elevated portion of Riverside Dr., and over to NJ.