NYC Subway

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It's one helluva ride. I've always been fascinated by trains. My grandfather worked with the Philippine National Railways (PNR) and would occasionally take me on the job with him.

In Hollywood, 99% of the time, movies are set in New York (how else can tourist picture America without Wall Street, Times Square, etc., anyway?) which led me to having this picture of subways as something romantic (and perhaps somewhere I can bump into my potential other misanthrope half —possibly wearing a nice pea coat and reading Murakami). NOT.

Instead, I was welcomed by the stench of junk piling in the rails, the sight of moldy walls and the (gasp!) rats bigger than Paris Hilton’s Tinkerbell.

Two years and two months later, I can proudly say I’ve gotten used to the horrifying view. I know my subways as much as I know my alphabets in kindergarten. The subways can be pretty gross —humid, stinky and even sticky at times but I’ve seen it’s loveliness too —the tourist lovers holding hands, a family on vacation anxious for their next stop and the others who are lost in their maps.

As for you other misanthrope half in a pea coat, I’m given up on you. I found someone else. And yes, he reads Murakami too.

written by faefaefae on 2009-10-04 in #world #locations #trains #lc-a #subway #nyc #lomo #film #new-york

7 Comments

  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    Nice post ! Both text and gallery !

  2. devrimarie
    devrimarie ·

    excellently written, and great photos! You make me want to move back to New York, and I will! The subways are pretty yucky sometimes, huh?

  3. adbigmilk
    adbigmilk ·

    Nice article. The #3 is a great shot.

  4. coca
    coca ·

    nice gallery!

  5. falsedigital
    falsedigital ·

    hahahahah. I was riding the NY subway all week, I have a peacoat, and I'm in the process of reading all of murakami's books. So I found this pretty funny.

  6. faefaefae
    faefaefae ·

    @falsedigital: shucks! why did you come late? :P

  7. threemoons
    threemoons ·

    Hey, don't knock the NYC subway. It's the only large metropolitan subway that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, no exceptions.

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