Monday, March 2, 2009

1 Train - 103 St. (Day 1, stop #22)

Out:  Mix of tall buildings and ~5 story tenements around here.  No longer all white, now with  significant Hispanic (probably Puerto Rican) presence and some black population.  Housing projects are just one block to the east here, but there is still a definite flavor of oncoming gentrification (even if some hoodiness remains).  

Broadway has a mix of mom & pop stores, some fast food (McDonald’s), and a couple of more upscale restaurants close by.  Stopped at Cafe Jerusalem for a falafel for lunch.  Guys there were just as surly as ever, but I guess it’s part of the charm.

In: Well-maintained station with pink and green accents on the white tiled wall along with a similar color scheme on the mosaic tiled station name.  The layout is two platform, three track with express bypass.  The platform widens near the exit but in other places is quite narrow. There are tiled columns by the platform edge.  The platform has quite a significant curvature to it.  The mezzanine is fairly small but also well lit and clean.