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Most photogenic Subway line nomination, in today’s post.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The elevated 7 line has become quite famous for its multitudinous delays, entire weekends wherein service is suspended, and the frustrations of the vast population who count on it as their daily conveyance to and from the Shining City from Queens. One would offer that despite all of this, it looks great, and since appearances are all that really matter under the current administration in City Hall and Albany…

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The underground lines just don’t have the same panache as the elevateds, and there are analogs for them in every major human infestation found upon the earth. The subterranean lines are dirty, dark, and the sweating concrete bunkers through which they run are the kingdoms of the rat. The first shot in today’s post emanates from a point in space roughly one hundred or so yards above the one above depicting the E line, incidentally.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

The 7 even looks good from high above, as it turns out of the Hunters Point stop into the open air over the Sunnyside Yard and heads towards Court Square. If the MTA has a “Belle of the Ball,” it’s clearly the 7 – esthetically speaking. There’s a lot to be said about the scenery at Bushwick junction as well, but the 7…

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Further east, where the so called international express heads through Sunnyside and Woodside and Jackson Heights high over Roosevelt Avenue – towards its eventual destination in Flushing – the 7 carries itself with a certain bearing and sharply appointed charm. One therefore nominates the 7 as the best looking of NYC’s subways.

Remember, it’s better to look good than to feel good, and that form always trumps function.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

June 24, 2015 at 11:00 am

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  1. And to think that back in July of 1940 the good citizens of New York celebrated City Hall’s murder (financially speaking) of the IRT and BMT lines in the hopes that a top down centrally planned bureaucracy with pockets of seemingly infinite depth could run a railroad better and cheaper than could greedy capitalists.
    Here now is the hopes and dreams of our forefathers for a city (now state) run railroad that would provide better service and not ever have to raise the fares. So how’s that working out for you?

    “Remember, it’s better to look good than to feel good, and that form always trumps function.”

    Indeed as I have often said, it’s all about looking like you’re doing something when you’re really doing nothing at all. The dog and pony shows are to lull the punters back to sleep and stop bothering their betters with their trivial whinging. For as far as our Transit Lords, elected godlings and The Barons of REBNY are concerned, everything’s just going along swimmingly. Now silence proles!


    June 24, 2015 at 12:54 pm

  2. Nice mention in the Times.

    georgetheatheist . . . On a pedestal

    June 24, 2015 at 5:37 pm

  3. […] 7 line Subway is far and away the most photogenic of NYC’s mass transit options in “simple swains,” and I got to bring the camera out with the Working Committee on a tour of Gowanus Bay in […]

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