Tuesday, May 5, 2009

R/V Trains - Woodhaven Blvd.-Slattery Plaza (Day 9, stop #376)

Out:  As I exit the station here, I see why the exits were not focused towards exiting where I did: it’s only an on-ramp for I-495.  

The main attraction here is on the other side of Queens Blvd: there’s a huge suburban-style mall! Damn.  Somehow, that’s depressing.  But at least it explains the ads in the train station.  The residents seem to be mostly white, but it’s hard to tell who lives here and who is just in the area to shop.  Besides the mall, there is also a large office building, some large brick apartments, a McDonald’s, T-Mobile, and a few similar stores.  However, the mall definitely dominates the scene here.

In:  Similar to 63 Dr. on the platform, but the mezzanine is covered with backlit ads for California Pizza Kitchen at the Queens Center Mall.  There are also decorated, reflective metallic columns composed of various shapes on the mezzanine.  The exit to Woodhaven Blvd. involves walking through a circuitous maze of pedestrian tunnels; I see some kid skateboarding through them just to get around.