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  1. In terms of history, you might want to discuss how the methods of building the subway varied from the els to the original stations to dual contracts to IND to the tunnel boring machine. I would also discuss the impact of the subway on the city itself, and how the subway not only influenced popular culture (a la "Take the A Train") but significantly expanded the city limits (before the els and the original IRT places such as the Upper West Side were relatively undeveloped). I would recommend reading Uptown/Downtown by Stan Fischler, and 722 Miles by Clifton Hood, which is on Google Books, at least for the most part (this book is great at explaining the impact the subways had on the idea of what residential areas should be in and outside of the city). For the car information, your best bet is probably nycsubway.org but I would also recommend New York Subways: An Illustrated History of New York City's Transit Cars by Gene Sansone. They have this book in Barnes and Noble in the NYC section, and it has detailed technical diagrams of all the subway cars to the present. Good luck! If you need any help or more suggestions, feel free to message me.
  2. Great Photos! Old photos are sometimes the best photos.
  3. Agreed. It would be up to the alien to observe all of our characters and make an educated, informed decision in regards to which city would be picked, if they indeed wanted to see a city to represent Earth. That would be a good alien (lol Beowuf reference, school is getting to me... :confused:)
  4. Naturally! :cool: He's pretty chill though, considering. I've heard it isn't easy for anyone to have a railfanning significant other.
  5. I'll probably see it with my boyfriend and my dad. I have a feeling that my dad will plan some sort of a railfanning excursion beforehand, maybe taking the entire line and then going to one of our favorite movie houses. Should be fun. My boyfriend isn't much of a railfan, although he does enjoy it and will accompany me sometimes. He thinks it's funny that I'm always taking pictures... but I'm sure he will like the movie.
  6. Well, one can still hope... :cool: There's always the plus side of professors maybe being absent anyway. It's better to be safe than sorry! I'm just glad I don't have to travel through the hills; I remember plenty of times where the older Bee Line buses would get stuck and we would have to hoof it to school.
  7. lol! They close if Joe Rao even suggests that it will snow. If I do go out tomorrow it will be (let's say) interesting to get around. You know it's a big storm if they close all of the CUNYs *fingers crossed* But from what I've heard that rarely (and emphasis on the rarely) happens.
  8. Nice catch! One of the 2110 series has a sign on the front rollsign; I haven't had the chance to take pictures yet.
  9. I can attest to the fact that older people kill themselves; often, older people feel helpless... and I could understand why they would be compelled to do that, because many of them feel helpless and like a burden... and they want to "erase" themselves, to ease themselves or their families. It's kind of sad, because I've noticed from historical accounts that there are many more suicides or suspected suicides that emerge when an economy goes under. It is some ways a predictable thing though; and this is an interesting thing to observe, though also tragic.
  10. Hey! I go to Hunter too. I should be available Saturday before 5PM and Sunday after 1, if you haven't found anyone else. You can also email me at tbaldwin@hunter.cuny.edu, again if you haven't talked to anyone yet.
  11. I've always wanted to go to that steakhouse; the one with the black awning? And yeah, I know Tony and Val's, they are really nice there! There's a pretty decent seafood restaurant at 231st St, and there's an IHOP there, which is awesome. It's close enough to the end of the line though I suppose. In Van Cortlandt Park there is a public pool too, which I am sure is nice during the summer (although maybe not for the lifeguards-it's so crowded!). And the tour of the Van Cortlandt House is really cool, for us history-minded folk!
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    There's always been crap music. But yeah, some of my favorite music is from the 60s and 70s. What a time to have lived. But I am always sure that there will be good music, you just have to weed through all of the bad stuff to get what you want to hear. I enjoy all types of music from all kinds of time periods. I grew up on the Doors, the Beatles and the Beach Boys, and I switched over to Iggy Pop, the Ramones and all of the punk stuff, Ska and now I'm listening to Modest Mouse, the Decemberists and the Dandy Warhols. But I love all of it, new and old. I love music from almost every genre (80's hair metal excluded).
  13. There is an awesome little diner right in front of the Southern/Western stairs at 242nd Street on the called the Short Stop. They have great food and it's pretty cheap. Plus, it always reminds me of Clerks, which is awesome. There is also a great tequila dive bar a block away, for those who enjoy having a tipple. And Van Cortlandt Park is there, where you can enjoy a walking tour of the Putnam RR Getty Square Branch (lol)
  14. I would say that why it's so hard (or at least one of many possible answers) is because people aren't willing to be open with themselves and their significant others. I think it's possible for people to find s.o.'s , and that it's possible that there are many great, compatible people out there. So don't give up on love, and don't be disappointed if it doesn't wind up the way you expected; some of the best love finds you in unexpected and sometimes surprising ways! I've been pretty lucky to find someone that I love very much; we've been together just over five years. Frankly, I'm a little surprised I found someone that I want to make a life with, but I am quite pleased. Edit: Many of the people who are considered (or consider themselves) to be Average Joe's are the nicest, most appreciative people in the world (likewise with "plain janes" or whatever the feminine alternative is). I have an "Average" real-life Joe (that's his name lol) and he is such a great person who treats everyone well and is respectful and considerate. But don't worry, the right people will appreciate the "Average Joe's"
  15. Yeah, I think it's an interesting situation. With 18th Street (and Worth St, 91st, etc.) on the Lex, it was abandoned in a time where it wasn't as unusual to close a station, and its absence was something that people became used to, especially with the extending of platforms at Union Square and 23rd Street. There are many different arguments one could make for the abandoning of 18th Street on the Seventh Avenue, i.e. that the MTA would save money (not having to pay token booth clerks, electricity, etc.). However, it is likely that the people that live in the neighborhood would resist the abandoning of the station, were it to be a serious consideration (which it most likely never would be). From what I can see, there is a high school right there, and it would be a useful thing to keep a station there to serve those students, not to mention the workers and residents over there. It's a moot point anyway, because it's really doubtful that the head honchos at the MTA would want an area (or the population of commuters that use the station) angry at them, especially considering the financial straits they are in and their reputation as of late. I think that it would not be a good idea (at least speaking from a PR perspective) for the MTA to physically abandon a station when a lot of people think that they are abandoning the "rights" of the riders. Just my two cents.
  16. I hope everything winds up alright with your credit card. I share your sentiment about leaving, it's just such a dismal time of year. I can't wait for it to be April and nice, it just always seems to make everything nicer then.

  17. Somehow, it seems that saving (only) 4.4 million dollars a year doing this is not really notable, considering the anticipated (and what will probably wind up as quite low) deficit figure of 651 million dollars. But on the other hand, it's true that it could be much worse. Giving up a minute is something that I think most people can deal with, considering one of the many more dismal alternatives. The real issue is whether those trains that are affected will be on time and/or available considering the always-present G.O's on those particular lines.
  18. They had the running express this weekend from 72nd St. to 96th. There were work trains at 86th St. NB, and the construction guys were busy as bees tiling away. The tile covered all of the (geographically South) lower half of the NB side wall, save for the niches. They are still working on the new rooms they're building on the NB local side platform. The SB side has white tiles, but they haven't put the decorative touches and the (6)'s in yet. There will probably be a G.O with South Ferry-bound (1)'s running express from 96th to 72nd one of these upcoming weekends.
  19. I am good, thanks for asking! How are you, my friend?

  20. I've been wondering for quite some time when they would finally finish the tiling at 96th Street, and I am happy to see that it was in progress today. This is the kind of tiling they should have done at the new South Ferry Station. At first glance, it appears that the tiling is black but it is brown. I like the details on the inside of the and . It's a nice touch. It is much, much nicer than the faux-IND "refrigerator" tile. It looks like a modern update on the historical tile, and I think it will look good when all of the older tile is covered. I wonder if they are going to re-tile the new concrete wall on the NB local platform.
  21. Simply put, it isn't only the subway's impact on my personal life, it is the historical impact that the mass transportation network in general has had on New York City. I love the subways because of that. The subway brings people together, people who otherwise might not have ever mixed with each other, and that is as powerful as any other factor in contributing to the idea of New York City, as well as the zeitgeist of being in the city in this particular time period. I have always felt like something of an outsider, because I was the only person among my group of friends who went to College in New York City; most people went off to a small private school, or to one of the SUNYs, but I went off to Hunter, which I love for many of the same reasons that I love the subway system, the diversity of all of the people. While Yonkers is pretty diverse and has quite an interesting history (the Putnam Railroad, anyone?), the City is really where "it's all at" and I have an entire network at my hand to explore in front of me, all for $2, which is quite remarkable. I love all of the nuances of the system, and I love to imagine people throughout its history, what they would have been thinking as they traveled along the same tracks as I do presently. I suppose I often personify the system, because I visualize the spreading of rails as a sort of beacon to people, an advertisement for the City itself and for all of the opportunities (and sometimes even a lack thereof) in the area. I am always struck by how neighborhoods developed so quickly when rapid transit was available. It is so fascinating that I am planning to make the study of railroading history in the Metropolitan area one of my concentrations when I go to Graduate School. I would love to get a job with the one day, but I am pretty sure there are not many job opportunities for said prospective railroad historians. Oh well, that doesn't dampen my love for the system.
  22. It's so nice to hear everyone's story about how they got into trains! I was bitten by the bug one Christmas when my Dad bought me a small Lionel model train set. I thought it was the coolest thing. My Dad, who is quite a railfan himself, and I would go to the Croton Harmon Open House every year, and he would take me on Steam Excursions and up to Danbury quite often. When I grew up a bit, I didn't go on as many trips and my interest kind of waned. When I started going to College in the City, I would take Metro-North down, and I always loved the ride on the Hudson line. When I started taking the cheaper Bee Line Bus-to- route, I discovered the abandoned station at 91st St., which I had never known about. It piqued my curiosity to such a degree that I committed myself to knowing as much about the system and about railroading right then and there on the train that just happened to stop because of "train traffic ahead of us" lol Needless to say, my Dad is thrilled. :cool:
  23. Nice pics! Nothing like the good old line! I could stand on the bridges at 168th St. and watch the trains for hours.
  24. No problem! I asked for it at Barnes and Noble today and of course they didn't have it. But apparently the book is going to be reprinted and for sale at the beginning of May to coincide with the movie. That's pretty cool, you never know when someone will just happen to pick it up and discover the wonderful world of rails! lol It was a book (Uptown, Downtown) that got me really into subways.
  25. I found it on Amazon, and the price isn't too bad, unless you want it in a brand new condition. :cool: Here You Go
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