FINALLY! The Second Avenue Subway is HERE!

Picture above: 72ndStreet: Vik Muniz, Perfect Strangers. Glass mosaic and laminated glass, fabricated by Franz Mayer of Munich.

New York City’s Second Avenue Subway is an Underground Wonderland
More than a century in the making, New York’s Second Avenue Subway opens for business on New Years Eve 2017.

The mood was festive on the first train, with many riders wearing hats that read Second Avenue Station, including Jessica Hauser and her boyfriend, Neil Smith, who both live on the Upper East Side.

“I can see my friends in Brooklyn much easier now,” Hauser said. “It’s really great to have another subway nearby. I think it’s going to release a lot of pressure from the 4, 5 and 6 trains. Especially in the morning when I have to sometimes wait for a second or third train, since they’re so packed.”

It is hard to imagine that this is the culmination of a plan proposed first in the 1920s. However, the rails to get here wasn’t a smooth ride for people who live in the area.

All the hazards of construction are almost forgotten at the sight of new pavement and better access to the subway.

“The nice change is right in front of my building, they put out trees, we had porta potties there for a few years, and the trees are much prettier,” says resident Micki Avedon.

The area feels like a new neighborhood, giving business and people who live in the area plenty to celebrate.

The nearly 2-mile segment adds stations along Second Avenue at 96th, 86th and 72nd streets and a new connection to an existing subway line at 63rd Street.

Seen as crucial to alleviating congestion in the nation’s biggest subway system, it is on a line expected to carry about 200,000 riders a day. The entire system transports about 5.6 million riders on an average weekday.

The city’s transportation board first envisioned a Second Avenue subway in 1929, but the stock market crash and the Great Depression derailed the plan.

Ground was broken in 1972, but a fiscal crisis in the city slammed the brakes on the project again. The project finally got into high gear when major tunneling work began in 2007.

The $4.4 billion section opening Sunday was initially supposed to be completed in 2013. Delays stemmed partly from concerns about construction noise.

Next, the line is slated to expand north into East Harlem. No date has been set for starting that phase of construction.

Let the rough side drag.

White Padded Room

I have very little to say today.  So I’m going to share a very old country song with y’all about ineffective coping mechanisms that I’ve been trying all week!

Here are just a few of the lyrics at the start of the song:

It’s a good thing the sea’s not dry
Such a good thing that cows don’t fly
What a good thing to make a joyful noise
It’s a good thing that beds don’t talk
Such a good thing that chairs can’t walk
What a good thing that God made girls and boys

Let the rough side drag
Let the smooth side show
While you pull that load
Everywhere you go

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Here’s my takeaway:

I’m drowning in the sea today

Make me a cow to fly far far away

So I could make a joyful noise

And jump on a bed without any poise.

Drop my load along…

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The Mafia, The Music Mogul, Island Records and Millie – My Boy Lollipop!

The Immortal Jukebox

To everything there is a season. Turn, turn, turn.

Here in the woods Summer has now definitively turned into Autumn.
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The last blaze of heat but an ember in the memory.

Now, as the birds perform miraculous harmonies in song I wake at break of dawn to walk among mist wreathed trees.

Chill winds urge me onward.

As I broke into my running stride yesterday the Jukebox in my head selected an irresistible childhood favourite from 1964 which, for two minutes or so, persuaded me that perhaps it was a time to laugh and a time to dance.

Further, as I settled into the pace of the song I realised that, for one day only, the great David Rudisha, twice Olympic 800 metres champion, would not be so far ahead of me as he crossed the finishing line!

What song could produce such a miraculous effect? Well, a song…

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