This morning I was on the uptown D train at West 4th Street when the conductor announced that we would be bypassing 34th Street and going straight to 42nd Street due to a police investigation at 34th. He then advised passengers who wanted to get to 34th Street to get off at 42nd and switch back to a downtown train to 34th.
As we swished through the empty and cordoned off 34th Street station (always a vaguely eery situation) and pulled into 42nd, he came on the public address system again. “Uhh, passengers, we’re now being advised that downtown trains are bypassing 34th Street as well. Listen, if you want to get to 34th Street I don’t know what to tell you. Get out and walk? Catch a bus? If you really want to, you can walk over to Times Square and catch the A Train? I dunno. I would just walk down to 34th Street if I were you.”
Occasionally I feel truly sympathetic towards tourists here. Occasionally.
And sometimes I even really like this city.2 years ago