Showing posts with label F Train. Show all posts
Showing posts with label F Train. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

B/D/F/V Trains - 47-50 St.-Rockefeller Ctr. (Day 9, stop #389)

Out:  The buildings here are mostly office towers and other skyscrapers, and the people on the street are primarily office workers leaving to go home a bit early on Friday (~ 4 p.m.).  

There are also a good number of tourists here.  On the corner here there are ice cream trucks and small food stands, as well as some restaurants and shops at street level of the tall buildings, especially on the side streets off 6th Ave.  

Near the stop is Radio City Music Hall and plenty of people relaxing by the fountain across 6th Ave.  

Inside the shops at Rockefeller Center I manage to finally use the bathroom after basically walking underground all the way over the 5th Ave.

In:  This station has lots of entrances, many built into the sides of the nearby buildings.  Also there are many retail outlets and food places on the upper level of the station, called “The Concourse”.  There are white-tiled dodecahedrons near the platform, and there are grey and white floors.  The long mezzanine level has red metal columns and Lufthansa ads. The layout here is two platform, four track with local and express access.  The platforms here are not at equal height, so it’s kind of strange to look at the wrong level onto the neighboring track.  The walls have small white tiling with a reddish tile stripe.  The station name “47-50” is painted on small black wall tiles.

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.

F Train - Lexington Ave.-63 St. (Day 9, stop #387)

Out:  The area outside this station is also very UES, with many boutique stores and rich white people.  There are a few workers around, but primarily the people on the street are the upper classes of NYC.  There aren’t too many tourists around here.  The housing is a mix of large apartments along with smaller town houses, and all are well-maintained and in good condition.

In:  Bright red brick tiling on the walls, with strangely inset wooden benches.  The lighting is bright and the station smells kind of damp.  The station has two levels, each with one track and one platform; the Queens-bound train is below the downtown one.  The far wall, across the track, is part grey tiling and part arching metal slats.  Part of the near wall, in glossy red brick, is also curving towards the top.  There is an escalator up to the mezzanine level, which has a white ceiling and ugly grey walls.  Then there another two long escalators up to the booth level, which is brightly lit.  There is yet another(!) escalator up to street level.  Why is this station constructed so far underground?  Probably the deepest one in the system, I would guess; but may be comparable to the uptown Manhattan stations with elevators.  On my way back in, I’m reminded of why I hate the Upper East Side when I see some girl with a dog in her handbag; ugh.

F Train - Roosevelt Island (Day 9, stop #386)

Out:  From the stop here there is an excellent view of the East River, including the buildings of the Upper East Side and Midtown East, as well as the Queensboro Bridge (currently under construction; see photos). 
Right outside the station there are many people waiting for buses, presumably to take them to other parts of the island where it is too far to walk.  The people here seem mostly white and wealthy, but I see a few black and Asian people as well.  

There are fancy apartment/condo towers right by the stop.  Given this, I was surprised to see some cops drive by the stop; one of the few vehicles I even see here.  There is lots of open space and not many stores nearby (even though there is a Duane Reade).  Roosevelt Island: what a weird place.

In:  The station here has arched, rounded sides like a tunnel tube.  There are white brick walls and burgundy tile floors.  The dimly lit ceilings are made of metal panels with ridges.  The station again feels very 60’s or 70’s.  the mezzanine has a high ceiling with a metallic soft arch to it.  There are two long escalators necessary to get up to the booth, which is at street level.  This station is very far underground; it probably takes three minutes just to get to the exit.  The station house is architecturally interesting, as the front wall is all a large glass window and there is exposed red piping inside.

F Train - 21 St.-Queensbridge (Day 9, stop #385)

Out:  The area near the Queensbridge stop suddenly has a number of people around, which is strange after walking the near-empty streets in the part of L.I.C. between here and the 39 Ave. stop on the N/W.  There are a few stores here, an auto body shop, and some big brick housing projects.  Most of the people around are black with a few Hispanic.

In:  The entrance this station is all brick, as are the walls of the mezzanine.  There is a very large upper level with an escalator down to the platform level.  Half the platform level has a very high clearance with green panels as part of the ceiling; part of the platform has a concrete ceiling at a more typical height.  The walls have brown paneling, and the station signs are inset into the panels.  This station resembles one of the indoor MUNI stations in San Francisco.  There are some large circular metal columns near the platform, and there is a large metal structure as part of the track separator.  The layout is two platform, two track, with only local access.

F Train - 75 Ave. (Day 9, stop #373)

Out:  Most of the people outside this stop are now white, which is a big difference from the stops I had just been visiting.  I hear some old, heavily made-up women outside the stop speaking something that sounds like Hebrew.  There may also be some Middle Eastern presence here.  The housing is a mix of tenements, high-rises, and low-slung apartment buildings.  The neighborhood is solidly middle class.  There’s not too much traffic at this time on Queens Boulevard, but it is still very wide.  

Some of the establishments around here include Eckerd, a health care place, a firehouse, a “Hibachi” restaurant, an Argentinian steakhouse, and the “Pinang” Malaysian-Thai restaurant.  If it weren’t for the apartment towers, this area looks more like the suburbs than part of the city.

In:  The station here is all sea green, all the time.  There are sea green metal columns, a sea green tile stripe down the wall, and a mosaic station sign with sea green background and black border.  Pretty unappealing.  It’s similar to the other stations on this stretch of the F, with a large mezzanine extending the length of the platform.  Here, however, part of the mezzanine is uncontrolled, and the part beyond the turnstiles is separated by chain link fencing instead of the usual black metal grates.  The layout is two platform, four track with express bypass.  At ~11:45 a.m., the station is really empty.

F Train - Sutphin Blvd. (Day 9, stop #372)

Out:  Near the stop here there are well-maintained brick tenements as well as many small stores, some of them looking a bit upscale.  Some of the more interesting places include the “Punto Rojo” restaurant, “Dreamz” sports bar and “Taj Mahal” restaurant.  

All places advertise that they are strictly Halal and there are signs in Bengali.  There still seem like plenty of South Asians around here, but there is some Hispanic presence, including “La Nacional” store.  Besides that there are the typical neighborhood delis, etc.  The side streets here mostly have smaller apartment buildings and some houses.  In general this neighborhood looks pretty quiet and residential off the main drag.

In: Similar to Van Wyck Blvd., with yellow and black tile color scheme.  The station is reasonably clean, but there are also some weird leaks around; otherwise the same as Van Wyck.  When I get back into the station to leave, there are some thuggish Indian kids dribbling a basketball on the platform.

Monday, May 4, 2009

F Train - Parsons Blvd. (Day 9, stop #371)

Out:  There commercial strip here is a little dirtier than 169 St.  There are still plenty of South Asians around, but also a good number of black and Hispanic.  Again, I can smell food cooking right outside the station.  The residences here are mostly mid-sized apartment buildings.  

There are lots of stores (Dunkin’ Donuts, liquor store, Hispanic restaurant, car service, delis, “Queen of Sheba” grocery, “Bombay Video”) on both Hillside and Parsons.

In:  The layout here is two plat, four track with local and express access (even though there are currently only local trains on this line).  There are red metal columns at the edge of the platform as well as a red tile stripe down the white-tiled walls.  There are no mosaic station signs here.  The concrete floors are dirty, and the mezzanine is long, wide, and extends the length of the platform.  The paint on the ceiling is peeling pretty badly.

F Train - 169 St. (Day 9, stop #370)

Out:  There are many Indian-type smells outside this stop, including the aroma of spices and cooking in the air.  There’s the Chinese and Thai restaurant that bills itself as “Strictly Halal” (see photo) as well as the Indo-Pak grocery.  

The buildings on the main drag here are fairly low-slung commercial and residential, but there are larger apartment blocks on the side streets.  

There are a few other Bangladeshi and Indian restaurants around, along with banks and other middle-class-type establishments.  In addition to the South Asians, there is also some black, Hispanic, and East Asian presence here; i.e., a typical Queens mixture.

In:  There is a reddish-orange and black theme in this station.  The station sign is in mosaic tile with a black background and reddish-orange border.  There is also a tile stripe in the same color scheme down the wall.  There setup is four platform, two track with express bypass.  There are sea green metal columns at the edge of the platform, and the lighting looks ok.  While the platforms are pretty narrow, there mezzanine is pretty large with concrete floors; it extend the length of the platform.

F Train - Jamaica-179 St. (Day 9, stop #369)

Out:  The area here appears a mix of low-slung and mid-size residential and lots of small stores.  There are plenty of cars on Hillside Ave.  There are many kids around, along with adults, and the neighborhood seems to be a mix of Hispanic, South Asian, and black.  There’s a Dunkin’ Donuts, pizzeria, salon, “gifts” place, “Golden Chicken”, etc…the usual stuff.  There’s also an OTB, one of my favorites, and the “Subway Bar” which looks a little trendy.  

The area is fairly busy at this time (10:45 a.m.), and many buses stop nearby here.  It looks a little gritty here, but definitely not too bad.  In fact, there are even “Luxury Condos” going up out here (see photo), which I certainly did not expect. 

In:  There are off-white rectangular tiles on the walls and blue-grey metal columns by the platform edge.  There are brick-style floor tiles as well.  The mezzanine is large.  The layout is two platform, four track for local and express access here at the last stop of the F train (even though now there is only local service at this station).  Also there is an elevator here.  The bathrooms are closed, unfortunately.  There are many different exits from this station.

E/F Trains - Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike (Day 9, stop #368)

Out:  There is a big fountain here, nice shade trees, and large office buildings.  Queens Borough Hall is around here (or at least it’s on signs around here), but I’m not exactly sure which building it is.  I also see some 5-story tenements around.  The buildings here seem to a mix of municipal and residential, and there is also a mix of residents and office workers on the street.  

The residents seem to be mixed between Hispanic, black, and South Asian.  Some of the local businesses include little cafes, a realty office, Nathan’s, and a dialysis center.  The area around here looks pretty mid- to upscale.  Queens Blvd. has plenty of traffic, but the side streets seem quiet and there are a good number of trees around.  Also: it is getting really hot out here…today is shaping up to be kind of miserable.

In:  The layout here is again two platform, four track with local and express access.  There are dirty concrete floors, and white wall tiles with a yellow tile stripe.  There is no mosaic station sign, just some small black tiles painted with the name as is typical at express stops on the IND.  There are blue metal columns by the edge of the platform, and the platforms are kind of narrow.  The mezzanine is big, with lots of construction going on.

F Train - Van Wyck Blvd.-Briarwood (Day 9, stop #367)

Out:  This is a pretty empty stretch of Queens Blvd. here.  There are plenty of trees around, a few apartments, and a hospital nearby.  In general, though, there’s not a whole to comment on.  It’s still very close to the Van Wyck Expwy, and it looks like there might be some park nearby.  I can’t really tell who lives around here by foot traffic, but I saw a mix of whites, Asians, and Hispanics in the train station.

In:  There is a narrow platform here, with white tiles on the walls.  The layout is two platform, four track with express bypass (even though the E train stopped here this morning).  There is some artwork by children lining the white-tiled tunnel under Queens Blvd.  The lighting is decent.  The station has a black and yellow color scheme, with a yellow tile stripe along the wall and an IND-style mosaic tile station name with a black background.  The stop is a bit dirty but not terrible.  There are blue-grey metal columns next to the platform edge.  The mezzanine is of a decent size with a transit police bureau.

E/F/R/V Trains - 71st Ave.-Continental Ave. (Day 9, stop #363)

Out:  The neighborhood here is very mixed, ethnically; not surprising for Queens.  There are Asians, whites, South Indian, black, and Hispanic people around, but it seems predominantly white.  

Queens Blvd. here is very wide, with 12 lanes across (6 in the middle are express lanes, with few turnoffs, while there are also three separated local lanes on each side).  

There are some large brick apartments nearby and plenty of stores.  Many are not open yet (9 a.m.) but still looks pretty pleasant in general; very middle class and mostly residential off of Queens Blvd.  Strangely, there is a large office tower directly on top of the station; I guess it could be considered convenient.

In:  Took the train all the way out to Queens on the E express to explore the stops out here and then work my way back towards Manhattan.  The layout here is two platform, four track, with local (R/V) and express (E/F) access.  The station looks old and dirty, and it is the last stop for the R and V.  There are dirty white tiles on the wall with a sea green tile stripe.  There are also sea green metal columns by the platform edge.  Even though it’s not too late in the day, it is HOT in here!  The mezzanine is long and dimly lit.  The Manhattan-bound platform is packed with commuters waiting for the express train.

B/D/F/V Trains - 42 St.-Bryant Park (Day 8, stop #359)

Out:  The exit here is right at the corner of Bryant Park.  Despite the late hour, there are still plenty of people lounging around in the park.  They seem to be mostly office workers who have gotten out of work recently.  

The streets are no longer too crowded, though, as it’s close to 8 p.m. and mostly past rush hour.  The nearby sandwich shops have closed by now.  The park is surrounded by the enormous modern skyscrapers of midtown; definitely in the thick of Manhattan here.  

Besides the office workers, there are some tourists around as well as people of all types (but most of them well-dressed).  Not too many obviously residential places here; definitely seems to be mostly office space.

In:  This station has better lighting inside, also with a two platform, four track layout.  There are grey floor tiles, white wall stiles, and red metal columns by the edge of the platform.  There is a red tile strips along the wall, following the grade of the platform.  There is a small “42” repeated frequently on black tiles.  There’s a long mezzanine in the station, with some included retails space (even though it’s currently unoccupied).  There’s a large mosaic wall mural containing sizeable brown tiles.  There is a quote as part of the mural: “Nature must not win the game but they cannot lose.  Jung”.  Not really clear what this environmental statement has to do with the subway, but whatever.

B/D/F/V Trains - 34 St.-Herald Sq. (Day 8, stop #358)

Out:  See 34 St. stop on N/R/Q/W Trains.

In:  Two platform, four track layout with B/D on express and F/V on local.  There are red metal columns by the platform edge, and the platforms are quite wide.  The station is pretty dirty and dingy, with low flat ceilings and grey floor tiles.  The walls have dirty white tiles.  There is harsh lighting hanging from the ceiling.  There is a transfer to the N/Q/R/W and access to the exits via  long system of ramps and stairs.

F/V Trains - 23 St. (Day 8, stop #357)

Out:  Right outside the stop here there is a shopping center embedded in a large building, with a Best Buy, WaMu, Burlington Coat Factory, and other big-box-style stores.  Again there are plenty of office workers, shoppers, tourists, etc.  

The buildings here are a bit larger scale than at 14 St., and I don’t see too many small houses near the stop.  There are still plenty of smaller stores, though.  Here I stopped into the Office Depot (again, one of the big box stores here) to pick up a new notebook.

In:  Similar to 14 St., with no columns by the platform.  Also here the booth is on the same level as the uptown track.

F/V Trains - 14 St. (Day 8, stop #356)

Out:  This intersection is quite busy, with lots of people of all types.  There’s a Starbucks, a Foot Locker, HSBC, and lots of other smaller shops (delis, etc.).  There are also a number of bars and restaurants.  

The housing is a mix of small old houses in brick as well as very large apartment buildings/offices.  The people around are mostly white, but there really is a mix of ethnicities.

In:  The layout visible here is only a single platform and single track.  This station has a strange dual-level design, with the uptown and downtown platforms stacked on top of each other.  Also, it’s not possible to see the express tracks.  There is a connection to the L at the end of the platform, and a connection to the 1/2/3 down a long tunnel.  There is a green mosaic tile station name and a green tile stripe down the wall.  There is a long, dim mezzanine with bad lighting to access the exit at 14th St. and 6th Ave.