I had no plans for this past Friday (09/22/06). However at the last minute I ended up hanging out with my best friend Dawn. She was curious if I would be interested in going to the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy. Since I had been busy working, I thought it would be a good time for a break.
My departure was much later then I originally expected. I left my house sometime after 7:30 & made a brief stop to pay my cell phone bill before I boarded the 6. I got upstairs & the 6 came in under 2 minutes & off I was to Canal St. I boarded the first car & was on my way. As I was listening to music on my mp3 player, I felt something seemed strange.
The strange feeling that took over me was the fact that this train was quite empty. I started thinking to myself, where is everyone? It is a Friday night in the city that never sleeps & this train hardly has anyone on it. I knew the train had not reached Manhattan yet but usually it has a decent crowd on it prior to 125th St.
As the train approached each station, I noticed the lack of crowds at each station. I really started to wonder what was happening when stops like 86th St., 77th St., & 68th St.-Hunter College had lighter crowds than usual.
Eventually the train started to get crowded but I couldn’t help but feel something seemed out of place. I got to Canal St. & was on my way. I never will know why the crowd was so light. However if I had a guess I would say it was because of Rosh Hashanah. If this is the case well damn there a lot of Jews who ride the 6!