Tuesday, May 5, 2009

F Train - 57 St. (Day 9, stop #388)

Out:  Now south of Central Park, on 6th Ave.  There are lots of people out at this time, and the streets are crowded.  There are big apartment buildings as well as many offices and fancy restaurants nearby.  The people on the street are a mix of office workers of all ethnicities (but mostly white) and tourists.  Most people are well-dressed and look wealthy.  Some of the establishments include a luggage place, cigar store, and “Rue 57” restaurant.  There are some buildings with gilded accents as well as the smell of horse-drawn carriage in the air.  

Most of the buildings around appear in a more modern architectural style, but there are some older ones interspersed.  I walked from here down to the stop at 47-50 Sts.

In:  The layout here is one platform, with tracks in both directions.  The floor is concrete, and the walls are vertical grey tiles with “57th St.” painted in black.  There are red metal columns at the end of the platform.  The station is in decent condition but feels outdated.  The mezzanine has formica-style floors and falls, and it has the feel of an older office building.