I’ve grown up around trains all my life. Although I first rode a train when I was 10 years old (walked everywhere until then), the seeing the MTA’s Harlem line has been a staple of my daily routine for as long as I can remember. I walked along it when I went to elementary and middle school. I rode it to get to high school and college. I use it to get to both of my jobs now. I use the Harlem line to get to my weekend job and the Subway to get to my weekday job. I spend hours upon hours riding the rails. Sometimes I feel like a good portion of my life is spent on trains (usually standing or sleeping if I can get a seat).
When I was a child, I hated the color pink. I’m not sure that there’s anything about the color itself (I do like red) that irked me so, but until I was in my last couple of years of high school, I rebelled so hard against the stereotype that all little girls love pink. Maybe it’s just because I don’t like doing what is ‘expected’ of me, but it also might be because I’ve always liked boys’ toys/clothes/activities better and those aren’t bathed in bubblegum pink.
There’s just something about old signs that interests me. Of course there are the old neons, but before that there were a lot of old painted adverts on the sides of buildings, some of which are still there! I especially like the ones with phone numbers that begin with letters (usually short for the region or town) and a shot set of numbers. Generally, the older, the better.
Been around the West Village lately. Ma got a job there and I’ve been helping her with a few things.
It’s a beautiful place, filled with cute little shops and trendy clubs. Ma says the buildings are super old. Some are pre-WW1, or so I’m told. There’s also a lot of greenery.
The place I’ve been visiting is close to Washington Park. Ma’s office is about 2 blocks away.
The Freedom Tower can also be seen in the distance.
The construction seems to be coming along. A lot of the road is still blocked off and I got a real scare when a customer said the path was closed completely (originally, certain parts were open to pedestrians), but it seems the crews are taking things bit by bit. I’ve never seen what the inside of the sidewalk looks like before. I mean, I’ve seen people lay down cement, but I’ve never seen it hollowed out before. It’s actually pretty cool.