Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Train - Far Rockaway-Mott Ave. (Day 4, 8:48 a.m., stop #152)

Out: There are some dudes hanging outside the station, shooting the shit. There are lots of folks waiting for buses to various points in Nassau County. It seems that a surprising number of people ride to here and then continue their journey, at least during rush hour. The people who live here seem predominantly black, but there is a generally mixed crowd passing through at this time of morning. There are even some European-looking folk, but not clear if they live here or not. There’s a shopping center, in a state of disrepair with a 50’s-style sign, right across from the station as well as a fish store. The housing here is mostly single-family homes with siding, and I can even see some with white picket fences. The fog makes it pretty tough to see further, though, but it does look like there are also some apartment buildings around.

In: It was a very long ride over here from Washington Heights (I left at 7:10 a.m.), slowly crossing a completely fogged-in Jamaica Bay and making my way up to the end of the A line. The station itself is outdoors, with a concrete platform, a metal roof, and green metal columns. At the end of the platform, the exit is through a concrete station house the exits onto the street. The station is pretty Spartan, but it seems to get the job done.