Monday, March 2, 2009

J/M/Z Trains - Bowery (Day 1, stop #47)

Out:  The exit here is directly in front of the Bowery Ballroom.  

The streets here feel surprisingly desolate, but the people around are mostly white & hipster…probably because they’re going to a show at Bowery.  There is definitely a smell of dirt and seafood that is reminiscent of Chinatown, and the numerous lighting stores surviving on Bowery are a reminder of what this neighborhood was once famous for.  

This corner, at least, still looks to be avoiding the onrushing tide of gentrification in Lower Manhattan.

 In:  1 platform here with two tracks, one unused.  The tiles on the wall and dirty and falling off the walls in many places.  There is a tile wall separating this platform from the other platform in the other direction.  The mezzanine is accessed by an escalator as the platform is quite far underground.  There are red metal columns by the platform edge and small brown mosaic tile stripes on the side walls with “Bowery” or “B” interspersed.