January 4, 2019

138th Street Subway Station, January 4, 2019

This is the first thing I experience as I make my way downtown to work at the Guggenheim Museum. It looks better in a photo than it does in real life, trust me on this. The MTA cleans the entire station from time to time, but it doesn’t seem make much difference. This vision enhances the experience of the everyday struggle of us workin’ stiffs trying to get to work on time, it ain’t easy!

I’m no fan of the Metropolitan Transportation Agency, and I doubt you’d find many people in NYC who are. You’re far more likely to find Jimmy Hoffa in NYC than an MTA fan.  On the way to work people are often cautioned about delays, cancellations and rerouted trains due to station “enhancements”. I’m not sure where they got the term “enhancements”, it sounds so fancy, way too fancy for the MTA. I can’t wait to see how they “enhance” the 138th Street Station. I’m looking forward to the day that I can experience an “enhanced” experience anywhere with the MTA. And while I am on the subject, can anyone tell me where the MTA gets the vomit scented cleaner they seem to prefer to clean the trains? Sometimes when you get on the train, it seems clean, but it smells like vomit. Maybe it’s exclusive to the MTA??

But many of us poor schlepps are stuck with facing the daily insult of riding the New York City Subway, and we get by, sometimes with a smile on our faces and an optimistic hope that we just might get to our destination…..someday.

I’m posting this one late in the day, due to technical difficulties, the photo was taken on the fly with my trusted ol’ Apple iPhone 5SE.

-Bill Bytsura

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