Before discussing the photo, let me offer a few thoughts on transportation policy.
Actually, no. Yesterday’s screed garnered a fair bit of attention, mostly positive (or at least the negative attention remained silent) but it worked because it was organic. I’m tempted to say it came out of nowhere, but that is not accurate. I know where it came from, I’ve been thinking about these issues for years. But it did arise spontaneously. I had no plans to write about sugar tariffs and government intervention into the economy from the time I first considered my Williamsburg photo excursion up until the moment I sat down to write some text to accompany yesterday’s photo. Then suddenly it came pouring out.
So. No screed today, but I will note that I like this vista because it reinforces that the NYC subway system is a railroad. Sometimes it seems like something else to me. They are trains. obviously, but somehow different from a regular railroad. But this staging area looks very much like a railroad – a railroad in the sky. This is taken from the last (or first) stoop in Brooklyn on the J, M and Z lines. Actually, it’s the same station as this image with the tilt-shift effect of the platform.
I love the curve of the tracks as they bend to slide around the tall buildings directly ahead, and to line up with the Williamsburg Bridge which you can see in the distance. You cannot see Manhattan from here, but it is very much the next stop.