Monday, March 2, 2009

1 Train - 86 St. (Day 1, stop #24)

Out:  Majestic and historic-looking apartment buildings surround the intersection of 86th and Broadway.  The majority of these buildings are 15-25 stories. 

Fortunately Broadway here is still fairly wide with a median, so it doesn’t lead to too much canyoning.  The side streets are a mix of smaller apartments and there are also some brownstones nearby.  

The majority of people here look pretty upper class and wealthy, but definitely not everyone.  There are a number of retail stores and mid-to-upper class restaurants, along with delis, pizzerias, and other typical New York places.  Definitely very residential area.

In:  Station in decent condition, but not particularly nice.  2 plat, 4 track layout with express bypass.  Platform is fairly narrow.  Mosaic tile station name in a few places on wall.  Some of the walls are covered with beige, large rectangular tiles with “86th St.” periodically painted in black lettering on part of the plat; others have white tiles with mosaic tile station name.  At least there are some small pieces of artwork on part of the wall, adding a pleasant touch to an otherwise ugly station. No mezz and no crossover; small booth area right next to plat.