Location: Second Avenue, UES
I cannot believe it’s taken me two months to write this post. Well, actually, it’s not that bad considering it took the subway itself like 100 years to be built. But let me tell you something, whatever they did in those 100 years really paid off. The Second Avenue subway – the Q – is literally a NYC game changer. Between the subway tiles, the open space, bathrooms, and pure convenience of it all…gosh, what a time to be an UES/New Yorker.
So NYC subway tile is actually more interesting than just the tiny little reflecting squares themselves. Time Out New York wrote a piece on what the different tile colors found accompanying various subway lines represent. And while the Q is part of the “yellow” subways, you won’t find yellow subway tiles spattered about. No, no. Instead, the new Q stops are two-storied, with the train running below and the top almost like a balcony art exhibit, featuring pieces made with (you guessed it) subway tiles. Take a look, can you even believe these are subway stops?!
E. 96th Street:
E. 86th Street:
E. 72nd Street (my favorite subway tile art):
and hold on, let’s zoom in on that gorge globe…
And just a little more info for those of you who don’t either live in Manhattan or ride the Q:
What the Second Avenue Subway means for New York City:
The Q connects UES (E. 96th Street) with Coney Island (why we wanted these two places connected, I don’t know), with plans to extend that UES side of the line to E. 125th Street (the Bronx).
Hundreds of thousands (literally) of New Yorkers taking the 4-5-6 (green) subways during rush hour have begun taking the Q, making both lines exceptionally busy but not overcrowded.
People are friendlier! Not being sandwiched in between strangers at 6 a.m. does that to ya. Plus, I’m bonding with people of all ages over the Q. People are obsessed!
Hopefully this will set a standard for NYC subway renovations moving forward. DeBlas, any comment?
What the Second Avenue Subway means for me:
Aside from the fact that I literally live directly in between two of the new Q stops, my work commute is now 11 minutes, 15 tops.
Also, considering I live right off Second Avenue, the Q has totally changed my ‘hood. Without the endless construction and all that comes with it, UES/Yorkville has freshly widened/paved roads, bike lanes, cleaned up sidewalks and both old and new businesses. I’m so excited to really get to explore all that my little radius of NYC has to offer, now that I have access to it all.
Have you ridden the Q? If so, tell me what you think!