Riding & Thinking……

I had been looking forward to this past Saturday for over a month. Saturday marked the cd release party for the super talented & amazing person Jackie Pop. The party was being held at The Bitter End so this would be a one seat ride for yours truly. The plan was to take the 6 to Bleecker Street & walk down Bleecker for a few blocks.

I left a little later than I had wanted but I felt confident I’d make good time. I sat across from a man who was carrying a guitar case. Judging by the shape of it, I assumed he was carrying an electric guitar. My assumption proved right as out of nowhere he pulls his guitar out & starts practicing to himself. People were casually watching as he practiced to himself as if he was in his own private room.

While watching him, I started to think about how fitting it was to see someone playing since I was going to a show. I also started to think about how I should start playing regularly again. My guitar has sat in the corner for way too long! While thinking about this, I noticed we were at a stop that made me think even more. Someone who lives by the stop has been on my mind a lot lately. Maybe I can start writing again to go along with playing…..

I was considering getting off at 125th Street to try & shave a couple of minutes off my commute. I however decided I wouldn’t because I noticed it was about a 5 minute difference until the 4 would arrive after my train would. However when the train pulled into 125th Street, a 5 train was waiting for us with its doors open. I decided to switch to the 5. My intention was to try & catch the 6 train in front of the one I departed. We made some good time but no 6 was in sight when I got off at 14th Street-Union Square. When the 6 did arrive it ended up being the same one I had departed at 125th Street. I did chuckle when I saw the guy with his guitar again. He had it packed away though.

The ride back was interesting as well. I ended up catching the 6 at 14th Street-Union Square. I rode the train with one of my favorite friends Lisa. She got off at Grand Central-42nd Street so it was time for some music. The ride was going quite smoothly until we hit the Bronx. When we did my mind which had already been in a certain state started to overload from thinking so much. I was about to pass that stop again so I thought of that same person again. The last thing I noticed was someone sitting on a platform bench & randomly throwing up as the train entered & left the station. What is with me seeing people vomit on the platform every time I have been on the 6 at night lately!

In case you were wondering, Jackie’s party kicked ass & was a huge success. My suggestion to you after reading this is to go buy the cd as you won’t regret it! The cd can be purchased here!

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4 & 5 Train Service Alert

The MTA has posted a service alert regarding the 4 & 5 trains. The service alert reads:

Due to signal problems at the 138th Street-3rd Avenue Station, and trains are running with delays in both directions at this time.

Two notes about this service alert. I was watching Metro Traffic & Weather & they said the delays were approximately 10 minutes. Lastly I would assume the MTA meant the 138th St.-Grand Concourse station since that is where the 4 & 5 start. I can’t imagine why supposed delays at the 6 train station would hurt the 4 & 5.

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Cops Hunting For Subway Mugger

Now here is transit related story #2 from today’s Daily News. The cops are on the hunt for a subway mugger who has been targeting female straphangers. The suspect has struck 3 times since September 5 with the latest attack occurring this past Monday. Here is the brief article courtesy of the NY Daily News:

Cops were on the hunt last night for a violent mugger who targets women in Manhattan subway stations, police said.

The cowardly crook’s first victim was a 35-year-old woman whom he robbed about 4:30 p.m. Sept. 5 in the Fifth Ave. and E.23rd St. station.

The thug struck again about 1:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Eighth Ave. and 34th St. station, swiping a 50-year-old woman’s pocketbook after shoving her to the ground.

Then about 3 p.m. Monday, he grabbed a 47-year-old woman in the 40th St. and Broadway station and wrestled away her bag.

The suspect was described as a 30- to 40-year-old black man, about 6-feet-2 and 170 pounds with a slender build.

Cops asked anyone with information to call (800) 577-TIPS.

I do have one question though. Why are we just hearing about this today?

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Next Stop On The Second Avenue Subway; 125 Million St….

While sitting on my couch wondering why I had not gone to sleep yet, I was reading today’s Daily News. In today’s issue, an article talks about the Second Avenue Subway. Yesterday the Senate passed the Transportation Appropriations Bill for fiscal 2008. The bill has $325 million dollars set aside for two major projects. The Second Avenue subway is set to receive $125 million with the remaining $200 million going to the East Side Access project. Here is the brief article courtesy of the NY Daily News:

The Second Ave. subway is a stop away from an infusion of federal money.

The long-awaited rail line got a boost yesterday when the Senate passed the Transportation Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2008, which earmarks $125 million for the project.

The bill also includes $200 million for the MTA’s so-called East Side Access project, which will bring Long Island Rail Road trains into Grand Central Terminal, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) said.

The bill now goes to a conference committee, where the Senate and House must reach a compromise on funding for transportation projects across the nation.

“The Second Ave. subway line will provide desperately needed relief to the severely stressed Lexington line,” Schumer said.

After decades of delay, state and city officials finally broke ground on the $3.8 billion subway line in April. The first phase of the line will have stops on Second Ave. at 96th St., 86th St. and 72nd St., as well as at Lexington Ave. and 63rd St.

The line is scheduled to be completed in 2013, and officials expect it to carry about 200,000 riders a day.

The Second Ave. subway has been touted by officials since the 1920s. The April groundbreaking marked at least the fourth for the subway line.

“Now that the ground has been broken and the commitment is real for the Second Ave. subway, this kind of federal investment is critical to helping the city and state keep the project on track,” Clinton said yesterday.

Schumer called the East Side Access project, which will link the LIRR to Grand Central Terminal through the 63rd St. tunnel, “a necessity for Long Island and Queens commuters who spend needless hours every week on their daily commutes.”

As a rider of the 6, the Second Avenue Subway can not arrive fast enough!

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2 & 5 Train Service Alert

The MTA has just posted a service alert pertaining to the 2 & 5. The service alert reads:

Due to signal problems at the Jackson Avenue Station, and trains are running with delays at this time.

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