Tuesday, March 3, 2009

F Train - 4 Av-9 St. (Day 5, 8:40 a.m., stop #198)

Out:  Ethnically, I see a mix here of black, Hispanic, and white gentrifiers.  There is a big church on the corner, but otherwise there are mostly three story row houses.  Most of the houses look to be well-maintained.  There is a check cashing spot and a deli on the corner.  The bridge over 4th Ave. for the train stop is pretty imposing here.
In:  This station is also elevated and in decent shape.  It smells damp, with wide light green tiling on the mezzanine and stairways.  The platform has yellow brick walls and a rusting awning with no columns.  There’s no place to see over the side.  The station house opens out onto street level under the elevated tracks; there’s also a connection to the R line underground.