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Second Avenue Subway

An investment in the future of New York

The Second Avenue subway is the newest addition to the city (built Jan 1st 2017) and it is still the cleanest station in the MTA transit. So jump on a Q train and enjoy the workable air conditioning, the new seats – be warned wait time might be long.

Experience the largest permanent public art installation in New York State history. As you walk along the walls you become emerged in the faces and diverse people that make up New York and travel with you from 57th street/ 7th avenue to the new 96th / 2nd Ave street subway.

It took 10 years to build this beautiful “oasis” from 2007 to 2017 but the history of the second avenue line did not start then. It is a project shelved for almost ten decades all the way back in the 1920’s. A serial of low currency attacks in the form of recessions, budget cuts, world wars, subway repairs and hesitations that left the East Side deprived of proper transport and a large transit gap.

It was elevated then demolished in the 1940’s leaving the Lexington avenue line to work extra for five decades. An attempt to build in 1972 was halted until the rocks began cracking with available funding at the end of 2006.

Sometimes I feel like traveling in the Subway is like an adventure.  Tunneling under the city, crossing rivers to arrive at my destination.

200,000 people a day would be using the 2nd Avenue Subway.

If you want to be one, get a Metro card and ride the subway to 2nd Avenue – NYC’s first futuristic Subway station.


Holiday Trains

Travel back in time now on New York City Subway Holiday Vintage subway cars from the 1930s to the 1970s.

If you are from way back then and would like to get nostalgic on the good old days now is your time!

You can catch a ride on these classic R1/9 subway cars at stations along M line between Queens Plaza and 2 Av, on November 27 and December 4, 11, and 18 between 10:05 a.m. and 4:44 p.m. . More details are available on the MTA website. You can board the train at these stations:

    23 St-Ely Av
    Lexington Av/53 St
    5 Av/53 St
    47-50 Sts/Rockefeller Center
    B’way-Lafayette St
    42 St Bryant Park
    34 St Herald Sq
    23 St (6 Av)
    14 St (6 Av)
    W 4 St Wash Sq
    2nd AVENUE (F line)

This is an annual holiday tradition in New York City that drives in the holiday spirit not only for the nostalgic but Kids and adults alike that love trains!


You might just sit where famous passengers, , like jazz composer Billy Strayhorn once did while dreaming up his song “Take the A Train”.

Indeed, the old subway cars seem to jazz up the sounds if you listen carefully to the clanging of the doors and connectors between the cars while the incandescent bulbs go on and off.  Relive the memories like an elderly lady with the son that shouted “she brought me up on these trains”…

The period-costumed characters seem like ghost appearing from the past as they pass through the cars reliving the daily ride and life from way back then.

Come relive, educate and have fun!  This is only once a year and the experience is just not the same in the museum…. unless you are sitting there, remembering your experience from this ride!


Jamaica Bay

Before the Summer goers busted out onto Jamaica Bay myself and my family decided to take the long train ride from Flatbush via the A train to see how summer-ready the beach was after Hurricane Sandy had ‘walloped’ it four years earlier in 2012.

Up these stairs, down those many stairs and we thought we were finally there only to discover that workers were still filling in sand like road pavers on most of the beach. All the steps were covered in sand! The workers were kind enough to leave us to go all the way up to the closed barriers then shout out at us that it was closed.

At least one of them was kind enough to redirect us to the entrance via 60th Street, where the new residential development was.  As we walked along the beach the ecological impact was not so visible except for the many broken shells covering the sand. There were even some surfers and runners who took advantage of the scarcity of people as we did.

It seemed to be a tight race to bring back the cities famous Jamaica Bay in time for summer but we have confidence in the people.



We had a great day playing in the sand but I wished I had brought me a grill instead of bananas to warm ourselves up in the early Spring sunshine. On our way out we began planning our next trip to NYC Transit Museum to see the underground impact of Hurricane Sandy and the responsive efforts of the MTA during this devastation.


Did you Know?


The bay contains numerous marshy islands. It was known as Grassy Bay as late as the 1940s. Jamaica Bay is located adjacent to the confluence of the New York Bight and New York Bay, and is at the turning point of the primarily east-west oriented coastline of southern New England and Long Island and the north-south oriented coastline of the mid-Atlantic coast. The name derives from the nearby town of Jamaica, which in turn derives from “YAMECO”, a corruption of a word in the Lenape language spoken by the Native Americans who lived in the area at the time of first European contact. The “y” sound in English is spelled with a “j” in Dutch, the first Europeans to write about the area. This resulted in the eventual English pronunciation of “Jamaica” when read and repeated orally.


Dogs are allowed to run without leash on Jamaica Bay?

Dog Friendly Areas


Jamaica Bay Swim wear exist at JC Penny


Things to do



Other Important Links

Hurricane Sandy in Jamaica Bay

Hurricane Sandy’s Effects 

Hurricane Sandy Photos


New York Transit Museum

Bringing Back The City: Mass Transit Responds To Crisis – Ongoing through 2017

A new exhibit offering a unique perspective on the vital, often unseen, work of New York’s transit employees. Using the events of 9/11, the 2003 Northeast Blackout, Hurricane Sandy and other severe weather events as examples, the exhibition reveals the critical role that mass transit personnel play in preparing for and responding to natural and man-made disasters.  Through a vibrant display of objects, photographs, media, and personal accounts, the exhibition highlights the technical and professional skills needed to restore public transportation service and get New Yorkers moving again after crisis strikes.  Explore the exhibit online>> 


Special thank you to Rory Gallagher to contribute this amazing remix from Orbital.

Music by:

SoundCloud [Phil Hartnoll]

New York Transit Museum

The New York Transit Museum displays historical artifacts of the New York City Subway, bus, commuter rail, and bridge and tunnel systems under the administration of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. It is the premier museum of New York City transit history housed in an old subway station in downtown Brooklyn and features 19 restored subway cars and other exhibits.





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