Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A/S Trains - Broad Channel (Day 4, stop #162)

Out: This little community on this little island is really surprising.  It is incredibly quiet, I don’t see anyone, and there are just small single family houses.  

It looks much more like a small town scene from the 70’s (this vision is also aided by the many aging cars parked on the streets).  It’s actually kind of creepy.  

I finally saw just one person, sweeping their porch.  It’s not really clear who lives here, but it definitely seems like some small town from rural America that is somehow part of NYC.

In: On the ride over from Beach 90 St., I saw kids in the car talking about “having their flags out” at Hoyt-Schermerhorn, where there are “mad Bloods”.   I didn’t know this before, but now I’ll be on the lookout for gang activity over there.  Also, the fog has lifted, so the ride over is actually really beautiful.  There is the expanse of Jamaica Bay on both sides of the train, plenty of birds, lots boats, and little houses on the waterfront.  It’s pretty hard to believe this is New York City.  The train crosses a small, reedy island and “Smith’s” Boat rental, and finally comes to a stop at the station.  The platform is at street level, with tiling at center of platform.  Otherwise, though, the outdoor portion is like any other station.  I need to crossover to the other side in order to exit.