Friday, August 22, 2008

End of the Line, Buster

My ride to—the end of the stop—Coney Island, 2007

The New York Times has a great photo series online, "Going to the End of the Line." It accompanies an article about the communities near the last stop of the subway line ("The Curious Would of the Last Stop"), listing each stop and its surroundings. It includes the end of the 4 in the Bronx, and Woodlawn cemetery, where Duke Ellington is buried, ("Woodlawn was hardly the first cemetery to recognize the benefits of mass transit. In the pre-subway era there were a Calvary Cemetery line, a Holy Cross Cemetery line and a Green-Wood Cemetery line."), Astoria's Station Plaza, which made a cameo in Serpico, and, of course, Coney Island. They cover that Coney Island is where old people go to socialize, which I think is its most charming attribute because the old people are there in the winter (especially if you walk to Brighton Beach where the old men are discussing the Family Business).
My only complaint is that if The New York Times had hired me I'd have handed this in long ago. :) From the article:
There are 24 stops on the New York City subway system past which you can ride no farther. For those who get off somewhere else — almost everyone — the end is just a sign on the train. New Lots: wonder what that’s like. Dyre Avenue? Sounds kind of grim. Middle Village — what is that, a jousting park? As it turns out, the end of the line, like most ends, is a place of abiding mystery.

The photo series includes videos of the subway and interviews with people living and working near the stop. I find it all very fascinating.

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